1. “Are you sure he should be eating that donut?”
Why?! Is there poison in it? Because that would be the only reason he couldn’t have a donut. As long as he doses with insulin, he can eat anything.
2. “He’s too skinny to have diabetes!”
I didn’t realize you needed to be overweight for your immune system to attack the beta cells in your pancreas… *eyeroll*
3. “Should he be eating that candy? Isn’t that how he got diabetes in the first place?”
You know what?! Yes! I was just pumping my 21 month old full of sugar, constantly… and then BAM! Diabetes. Just kidding. His body attacked itself, and it had nothing to do with diet. Oh, and he’s eating this candy because his blood sugar is low, and it is literally saving his life, as we speak.
4. “I’m getting diabetes just from looking at these cupcakes!”
That’s literally the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Please FOR THE LOVE OF GOD stop spreading false information.
5. “Does he have the good kind or bad kind?”
Um. What kind of scaling system are we using here? Bad, like you have to stab yourself with needles multiple times daily to survive, or good, like I get to learn all these fun facts, such as how many carbs are in a single Teddy Graham? (The answer is 1g/Teddy… btw)
6. “Hopefully he gets well soon!”
Well, it’s a chronic illness, so… it’s for life.
7. “Have you tried any of the natural remedies? I heard ground cinnamon, sprinkled in tigers blood, and poured into a challis carved by Jesus Himself will cure his diabetes!”
A little louder for the people in the back, THERE IS NO CURE FOR TYPE 1 DIABETES!
8. “I could never give my child a shot.”
Well, I’m really glad none of your children have type 1… because they would die.
Quick recap. Type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with eating too much sugar. They can eat whatever they want, as long as they dose insulin for it. And there is no cure.
The more awareness we spread, the more misconceptions we bust, the more people understand, the less alienated our kids feel, the better the world will be.