Sunday Post (#5)


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Okay, guys.  Can I just…rant?  about something real quick?

Backstory:  I had a customer notice my medical alert bracelet at work today.  The following conversation is verbatim:

Man: I like your diabetic bracelet.

Me: Thank you!

Man: So how bad do you have it?


Man: I mean, do you take insulin, or pills, or…?

I mean…yeah, I’m on insulin, but that doesn’t mean it’s BAD?

Man: No, I know.  I just meant… I was put on pills, then lost weight and got taken off them, but now I’m going back to having it.

That’s….not the kind I have.

So here’s my rant.

If you find out someone has diabetes (or asthma, or depression, or high blood pressure, or general “people really annoy me today” syndrome) do not EVER ask them, “well, how bad is it?”  I mean HONESTLY.

I just… I understand there are a lot of misconceptions, mostly perpetuated by (duhduhduuuuuuh) pharmaceutical companies and people who don’t know how to research things before opening their mouths…and a lot of people are under the mistaken impression that there’s only ONE sort of diabetes and that means you obviously aren’t taking care of yourself/are overweight/eat too much junk (WRONGWRONGWRONG!) but this is SO BEYOND WRONG.

There is no “good” or “bad” with this disease.  It’s life-threatening for all of us, it’s a life sentence for most of us, and it wasn’t caused by anything we did or anything we put into our mouths.  Even the old-school definitions of diabetes are constantly changing and being redefined as researchers discover more unknowns/figure more things out.  So just…try not to assume you know what sort of illness somebody who ISN’T YOU has, okay?  Because what you know is probably wrong, and all you’re doing is annoying the person you’re talking to.

SO–how’s Sunday treating everybody else?!

Recent Reviews:

My Life Without Me, by Jaclyn Aurore — 2.5/5 Penguins
Adaline, by Denise Kawaii — 3.5/5 Penguins
Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin — 5/5 Penguins

Currently Reading:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Buddy Reading with: Eve Messenger and Jess’s Reading Nook

Starting Today:

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

And that’s a wrap!

Feel free to share any thoughts or comments below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!


24 thoughts on “Sunday Post (#5)

  1. Someone seriously asked you “how bad you had it”? What the…??
    My husband has type 1 though, and I’m pretty sure I asked him some pretty dumb questions when we were first dating, though hopefully nothing as bad as that.

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  2. Some people are just too idiotic. My aunt has diabetes and she mentioned the dumb questions people asked her, but nothing compares to this question. I’m sorry you were subjected to that stupid line of questioning.

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  3. Oh wow, sorry to hear that! My sister was complaining about this not terribly long ago too. She has diabetes as well and she hates that commercials about it are always showing people who are a bit overweight or whatever, making people believe that “fat” people are the only ones that get it. It’s ridiculous. Sorry you had to deal with that!


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    • Thank you so much–and right?! Like…at least they’re beginning to specify on commercials that they’re talking about type 2, which helps at least to tell people there are more than one kind, but still…even type 2 isn’t all due to weight. It’s cool though–I just sort of laughed it off after he left and moved along. Thanks for reading!


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