Today, Fred and I were very honoured to be one of the T1 families invited by the JDRF to a press conference to kick-off the Dallas Passport to Health Expo Event that is focused on diabetes. The mayor of Dallas was one of the speakers, along with a Dallas Cowboy, an ex-NFL'er, an adult with T2, and a very well-spoken 8 year old with T1.
What really dismayed me was that all the speakers, with the exception of the little girl, talked over and over about how diabetes is preventable, and beatable, and treatable if you just exercise and eat properly. At no point did they differentiate between the two types.
At one point I exchanged a grimace with another T1 Mom, and towards the end of the press conference, tears started falling freely from my eyes. I was just so frustrated by the ignorance being spouted off.
They just don't get it. There is a difference between T1 and T2 and people need to be aware of it. Before the press conference was over, the mayor asked if there were any questions and it took all my will-power to not pipe up and ask, "are you aware that type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are not the same, and there is no cure for type 1 and no way to prevent it?"
If I had been there by myself, you bet I would have spoken up, but since I was there with the JDRF, I didn't feel it was the right thing to do. Fred felt the same way.
Sometimes it makes me so mad that type 1 has to take a backseat to type 2 diabetes.
9 hours ago