Shame

Let’s ignore for a moment that I haven’t posted in two months. Working in diabetes all day takes a bit of the motivation away from writing about it at night. Unfortunately something happened last night to bring a little of the motivation back to the surface.

radio advocacyI was invited to tell my story on a local diabetes radio show. Typically when I share my story I share about the importance of diabetes education – education for the general public about the signs and symptoms of diabetes and continued education for people after they are diagnosed. Those two things would have made such a difference in my diagnosis story and life.

I was on the show with two doctors who primarily deal with diabetes complications. We talked about the importance of being prepared for appointments and making sure your doctor always does a full exam to spot any complications while they are still easily treated.

At the end of the show the host always asks his guests how we get more people with diabetes to go to the doctor. Recent news brought one thing to mind and my response was that we needed to take the shame out of diabetes. It needs to stop being the pun of someone’s joke. Why would a person go to the doctor if they 1) think diabetes is not that serious and 2) think that it is their fault?

The doctors also had an opportunity to answer the same question. One of them suggested that instead of waiting for people to go to the doctor, we should instead go out into the community where large groups of people with diabetes might be and meet them there. I’ve heard that plan suggested before and even saw a presentation about its success at a conference in Florida.

It would have been a positive way to end the interview except the other medical professional then says, “You want to go to where people with diabetes are? Try fast food places.”

It boggles my mind how much work is left to be done.

8 Comments

  • And that’s where the problem is. Why would I, or anyone else go to a doctor with that kind of attitude? Unfortunately too many doctors have attitudes like that.

  • Let’s try this again:
    You were on a local hosted diabetes-radio show with one medical professional and one professional moron….

    Wait a minute…
    they actually HAVE a diabetes-focused radio show where you live? Not podcasted, but real-live over-the-air radio? They don’t have one of those where I live; and I live in the largest media market in the world. There may be work to be done, but the fact that such a show even exists is a pretty good start.

    • Yes. It is a real life radio show. Not podcast. Broadcasts in 7 states on an AM channel. I would love to share details but I don’t want the host to suffer for the comments of his guests based off my post.

  • I’m sure you were marvelous and that out there in radio land, someone was encouraged to see a doctor (not that one) and talk about Diabetes, just because they listened to you.

  • Thank you Sara, at least you said what needed to be said. We can only try, AND KEEP TRYING, to help others.


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