Everyone gets really excited when someone brings sweets to work. The office is a buzz for about 10 minutes while the word spreads.
If you are at my place of employment then you also hear this shouted across several desks: “I brought donuts….SORRY, ANGELA. Hahaha.”
What the mother effin what?
“I’m buying everyone new shoes! SORRY, JOE WITH NO FEET. Hahaha.”
“Let’s all walk to the corner for lunch. SORRY, KIM IN A WHEELCHAIR. Hahaha.”
“Everyone gets tomorrow off for Family Day. SORRY, BLAKE THAT LOST ALL HIS FAMILY IN A HOUSE FIRE SO THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE MOST ARE DEAD. Hahaha.”
I don’t get it. I never have. The lack of understanding and insight into type one diabetes is so vast. However, does that mean someone should make a joke of it? To the face of the person with the disease?
I know nothing of epilepsy. Nothing. But I’m not a dick wad. I would never say to an epileptic, “We are gonna rage with our strobe lights tonight. SORRY, HANNAH WITH EPILEPSY. Hahaha.” People would stop what they are doing and take it to the mattresses for poor Hannah. As they should.
But type ones, we kinda just have to take it. People think it is funny that food, or the lack thereof, may kill us.
Also, IT IS NOT OKAY TO SAY THINGS LIKE THAT TO A TYPE TWO, A PRE-DIABETIC, OR A GESTATIONAL DIABETIC.
I get a bit more incensed as a type one, as I should. I did not eat or sit myself to my disease. The public is so ill-informed. Including good ol Michelle Obama.
Michelle Obama is known for her Let’s Move campaign which is pretty great. I think. I have no idea. I just Googled stuff she said about diabetes. Her Let’s Move is an attempt to get the youth of America moving. As they should. It’s weird how much they sit. On the day of the campaign launch on 2/9/2010 she said, “Economic experts tell us we are spending outrageous amounts of money treating obesity-related conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.”*
Um, did she just say my disease is obesity-related? To the entire world? “TYPE ONE IS NOT OBESITY RELATED FOR FUCK’S SAKE” came spitting out of my mouth. (Earlier in the speech she did cite type 2 diabetes specifically. It’s just that she should have kept that going.)
Even before that, she had this thing with elementary kids at the White House. They planted a garden, tended the garden over time, then picked the veg and fruit, then made a meal, and ate it with Michelle. Sounds super fancy. The anticipated meal was called The White House Garden Party, 6/19/2009 at 4:30pm….if you care. She said a whole slew of stuff that must have bored the kids to tears. Such as, “ Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high-blood pressure are all diet-related health issues that cost this country more than $120 billion each year.”**
Are you frickin kidding me?! Who does her fact checking?! Two more words would have made her speech accurate and not enrage type ones across the United States. TYPE TWO was all she had to say. That’s it. She actually said that my disease is DIET RELATED. She ruined my life in that moment. Ruined it.
There are two problems here. 1) People being inconsiderate assholes and 2) people being inconsiderate assholes.
I joke about my disease all the time and so do my close friends and family. It is common to do bits with my improv team centered around my diabetes. If I couldn’t laugh at life and especially laugh at it with people who love me, life would be tragic.
If you are in a place of power, do some light research before saying that diabetes is diet related. Duh.
If you are not my friend or share my bloodline, do not laugh in my face about a disease that can kill me at any moment. Duh.
The spots where I done read my Obama quotes: *https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-first-lady-michelle-obama **https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-first-lady-white-house-garden-harvest-party