Diabetes Diary

Kelsey's diary about living life with type 1 diabetes.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Here we go again...

Sorry for being so MIA lately... I'm rapidly finishing my thesis (it's due in less than 2 weeks) and trying to make a baby! So, I've been busy :)

I had to share this with my diabetic/PWD friends...

Yesterday the San Diego Union Tribune ran an article regarding Padres pitcher David Wells being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Wells is quoted as saying "This is a major lifestyle change. I don't want this going to Type 1 diabetes." WTF?!

Here we go again... the mass media complete misunderstanding of diabetes! And now this ridiculous baseball player (I'm a huge baseball fan, by the way) gets all authoritative on a complex disease that he's had for all of, what, a week... maybe.

So, I promptly emailed the reporter the following message:

I had to write to correct one of Mr. Wells comments regarding his diabetes diagnoses.

Type 2 diabetes does not "go to" or "turn into" type 1. They are completely distinct diseases, with type 1 being caused by an autoimmune disorder and type 2 caused by heredity, eating habits, and inactivity.

I understand that what he probably meant to say was that he'd like to avoid having to take insulin.

Nonetheless, his comment was ignorant and should have been caught by someone on your reporting staff. Instead this article serves to perpetuate the public's misunderstanding of the different types of diabetes.

Please, in the future, when reporting on diabetes, be sure to clearly understand the differences between type 1 and type 2, so that these damaging misunderstandings do not continue.

I doubt this will really do any good... but it made me feel better to send it!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Seven Meme

Seven things to do before I die:
  1. Raise a healthy, happy family
  2. Run a marathon
  3. Watch all 100 Films on AFI's Best Films List
  4. Go back to Martinique
  5. Learn to speak Spanish fluently
  6. Travel the world
  7. See a cure for diabetes (I can dream, right?!)

Seven things I cannot do:

  1. Go a day without telling Dennis, "I love you"
  2. Whistle.
  3. Go back to injecting insulin.
  4. Eat black licorice.
  5. Loose my faith.
  6. Turn a cartwheel.
  7. Stay angry.

Seven things that attracted me to the Mister:

  1. That smile!
  2. Enthusiasm and knowledge about sports and fitness
  3. Love for his family, friends and God
  4. Killer sense of humor and great laugh
  5. Curiousness
  6. Finding fun in everyday activities
  7. Compassion

Seven things I say:

  1. That's fun!
  2. I've got a plan...
  3. Amen.
  4. I love you.
  5. I've got to study.
  6. How silly.
  7. Te amo.

Seven books that I love:

  1. The Country Under my Skin
  2. The Glass Lake
  3. Black Like Me
  4. Labyrinth of Solitude
  5. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  6. Atlas Shrugged
  7. The Search for God at Harvard

Seven movies that I've loved (at different times and in no particular order)

  1. Father of the Bride
  2. Sleepless in Seattle
  3. When Harry Met Sally
  4. Dead Poet's Society
  5. Everything is Illuminated
  6. Little Miss Sunshine
  7. Steel Magnolias

I tag anyone and everyone who wants to participate :)