A Letter To Those Who Think Diabetes Is A Joke

A Letter To Those Who Think Diabetes Is A Joke

This is a letter to people who make jokes out of diabetes.

November 14 is World Diabetes Day, a day near and dear to my heart. Words can not express what being diabetic feels like, nor would I want to make even my worst enemy experience it. Although the constant finger pricks and the injections before I eat absolutely anything are a bit annoying, its by far not the worst thing about diabetes. People are. So, here is a letter to all the people out there that think Type One diabetes is a laughing matter.

To whom this may concern,

Diabetes is not a piece of cake or a bowl of candy posted to your news feed or timeline captioned "#Diabetes". Diabetes is not something someone is going to get because they just ate a Big Mac and a large fry. Diabetes isn't the answer to the math problem involving someone buying a ridiculous amount of candy bars in an elementary school math book. Diabetes isn't obesity.

Type One Diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. There is no cure, though there are researchers working on it, for type one diabetes.

Diabetes isn't necessarily staying away from sweets and sugar. Yes, diabetics need to moderate their sugar intake, but diabetics eat sugar. It's in just about everything. As I diabetic, I know what I can and can't eat. I've got it under control.

One thing I can leave you with is what a diabetic really is. A diabetic is a strong independent that deals with more than most people can even imagine. Diabetics are math whizzes, calculating every nutrition fact on the label to dose their insulin. Diabetics are learners, learning to live with a disease that literally attacks their pancreas. Diabetics are persistent. They never give up. They may hit hard times in their life, but they always get back up! Most importantly diabetics are people. They don't deserve people making jokes out of something they have to deal with.

Just a reminder, next time you offer someone a piece of candy and say, "Diabetes?" you aren't funny. You are making fun of a disease that affects 29.2 million Americans. You are making fun of a disease that could lead to the loss of limbs, sight, or even a life. It's not a joke.

Thank You,

Type One Diabetics

Cover Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/en/diabetes-blood-finger-glucose-777001/

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?

This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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How Anime Got Me To Start Working Out

Anime inspired me and continues to get me to work out.


At the end of the last semester of my freshmen year of college, I had gained the dreaded freshmen fifteen and then some. I was overeating, rarely ever working out, and starting to become a little over weight.

I had never really committed long term to any workout plan or routine before, outside of working out two to three random days a week for three weeks with my brother. I would always make a little progress, but as soon as those three weeks passed, I would always give up and go back to my couch potato ways. I would have happily continued on with my couch potato ways, but then I was inspired from an unlikely source: Anime.

A common trope in anime is the Training arc. I have never been more motivated to go workout then after watching some spunky shonen protagonist push past their limits through rigorous work out montages. These are the moments that made me want to work out.

More specifically, "My Hero Academia's" training arc. In the first three episodes, the main character, Izuku Midoriya, undergoes intense training in order inherit the powers of All might. While I personally can't relate to Midoriya's reasons for working out, I was inspired by his determination to better himself physically. It was because of these three episodes that I decided to start working out again.

While I was able to start going to the gym nearly every day, there were days where I really did not want to go to the gym. Thankfully, I have been graced with another anime that pushes me out the door so that I can continue to get healthier and stronger.

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What is even better than a three-episode training arc? An entire show that's an extended training arc! "Run with the Wind" is about a group of 10 college students, most of which have been tricked into joining the track team. All, except two of them, have no experience being on a track team and for some of them, it is their first time working out on a regular basis.

All of them are starting from different points and it reminds me of where I used to be, where I am now, and where I want to go in terms of my health. So, anytime I don't feel like working out, I remind myself that if they can do it, I can too!

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