We, the undersigned..

Today’s prompt: Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?

We, the undersigned people with diabetes, do hereby petition the Major Network and Television Studios for the following reason:

Through out the history of television shows there have been an abundance of crude and inaccurate jokes spewed onto the diabetic community. They have been hurtful and in poor taste. I understand that comedy pays little mind to race, gender, illness and the like, however certain topics should be left alone. Eating a sugary treat does not give you diabetes, nor does sitting next to someone with the disease. The jokes about losing limbs are frightening to people with diabetes and should not be mocked. This is an everyday battle, it is a real disease, and not something that should be on display for harsh comments and unrealistic information. I petition that you be banned from any sort of negative remarks towards diabetes or diabetics in general. The only time the topic should come up is when the information is correct and shines a light on how strong, brave and beautiful each and every diabetic is. I will not rest until the jokes have ceased and diabetics everywhere can watch television with out feeling as though they are being judged, mocked, or offended.

Signed, Elizabeth

A type one diabetic for eight years.

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11 Comments

  1. I’ll vote for this one!!
    Just for starters, Charcot foot is not funny at all. I go regularly with Sarah to the diabetic foot clinic as she has had 3 Charcot’s so far, but is clear at the moment. Meeting and seeing what some people have to deal with 24/7 without rest weighs heavy on my heart.
    Thanks for sharing this post. I have nothing but respect and love for you. God bless. :)

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