Ricki Lake...HUGE mistake this week. The D-OC came together and you apologized...profusely. As did Good Morning America. So, thank you to the both of you. I know that people make mistakes and words get twisted and it's just what it is. It is unfortunate that it happens on live television frequently and that a lot of the people that saw the segment probably didn't see the retraction or apology but...like I said, it is what it is.
A little background for you non-D folks...Ricki Lake was promoting her new product about childhood obesity and stated that "Juvenile Diabetes" is preventable by exercise and eating healthy. Ummm...no, it is not. She clearly misspoke and meant Type 2 Diabetes is preventable. So, she retracted her statement on Twitter by stating that Type 1 Diabetes, or Juvenile Diabetes, is hereditary. Ummm...no, it is not. Jeez people. Do you not have a fact checker? Seriously?
Every time one of these celebrities misspeaks on Type 1 diabetes, we take a few steps back to make the repairs. You know what I want? I want GMA or Oprah or Today Show or SOMEONE to do a show on the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. My child did not inherit this, a lack of exercise or overconsumption of sweets did not cause this. If they knew what caused her pancreas to essentially just BREAK, there would be a cure. And I want them to have fact checkers prior to talking about diseases and such that they just don't understand. The Type 1 community works effortlessly to bring education to the public about this disease. It is one of the most preventable DEATHS if diagnosed early enough. Do you know the signs? If someone asked you what the difference was, would you be able to answer?
There needs to be a movement since Type 1 is growing so rapidly. There needs to be a universal campaign in relation to Type 1 Diabetes. The organizations need to unite in order to do this. We, the families, have united. We all want the same thing...a cure.
Okay, I am stepping down from my soap box for the day and getting back to my work...educating the Type 1 community in Houston.
This is a weird thing to put at the end of my post but it must be done...
Dear Anonymous Caller,
If you insist on calling my house regularly at around 11 PM CST and just listening to me say "Hello, hello, hello?" and hang up...would you mind doing it a tad bit earlier? You have woken Lily up twice and well, she gets woken up A LOT to be tested for her blood sugars and to be treated for lows. Abby has awakened a couple of times as well. I would just block all Anonymous or Blocked calls from my home phone but then the doctor can't call either.
So, whoever you are, if you insist on getting your kicks by prank calling (so 80's by the way), I would certainly appreciate you stalking me a bit earlier in the day so that my children can sleep at night. Oh...and FYI...when I move, my new number will be unpublished so you had better get your kicks all in now.
Are we clear? Great...have a good weekend.