Diabetes Stigma – Let’s Keep Talking About It

I love that the conversations about diabetes stigma continue, and it’s clear to anyone paying attention that there’s a lot to talk about.

The folks at diaTribe and dQ&A (dQ&A is a diabetes focused research company that works closely with Kelly Close, Close Concerns, and diaTribe) shared some really interesting information they gathered recently and I wanted to help spread the word.

Their Storify piece tells it so well:

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9 thoughts on “Diabetes Stigma – Let’s Keep Talking About It

  1. 🙁 dstigma. Makes me sadface. I really wish people weren’t so ignorant. But it seems to me that for every ignorant person you share insight with and get to see the error of their ways, two more come crawling out of the woodwork. I saw a YouTube video where a Type 1 said that it was the worst kind because Type 2 can be reversed. I wanted to facedesk. It doesn’t help our cause when even diabetics don’t know what’s up.

  2. 🙁 dstigma. Makes me sadface. I really wish people weren’t so ignorant. But it seems to me that for every ignorant person you share insight with and get to see the error of their ways, two more come crawling out of the woodwork. I saw a YouTube video where a Type 1 said that it was the worst kind because Type 2 can be reversed. I wanted to facedesk. It doesn’t help our cause when even diabetics don’t know what’s up.

  3. I am currently raising money to travel South Korea to receive a bone marrow stem cell transplant for type 1 diabetes. I will be documenting the entire experience and will not be holding back on recording the highs and lows of the ordeal. I am ready to see type one diabetes, and every other disease, cured.

    http://www.gofundme.com/bauo5w

  4. Thank you for breaking this down and sharing it. The stigma is one of the hardest things to live with and to fight. Hopefully together we can all make it better.

  5. This is an excellent initiative. IDF is collecting stories on how people with diabetes across the globe have overcome stigma and discrimination. The outcome will be published in a storybook. If you would like to contribute, contact IDF!

  6. Wow Scott! This is excellent. So well presented and I am definitely going to need to pass this along. I was recently shocked to be with someone who is a workout and health nut, who was trashing “diabetics”. I was horrified (which was noticed by all) and she quickly said, “I’m not talking about YOUR kind of diabetes”. My objections sadly fell on deaf ears. It’s scary to think how many people think this way.

    • Thank you, Alecia! And the credit for the awesome presentation goes to the superstar team at diaTribe and dQ&A – they collected all of this information, presented it (both at ADA and at CWD’s Friends for Life), and then pulled it together in this great Storify piece to make it easy for us to share. Looks like it’s working! 🙂

      And you’re totally right – so scary to think how many people think that way… thanks for being a voice for truth!