In regards to diabetes: Is discretion a personal choice, or a selfish act?
|"Don't tell anyone, but my pancreas|
is kind of a slacker."
On the other hand, it can be argued that being discrete doesn't serve a very noble purpose, nor does it accomplish much of anything. As a community, we often express frustration over the misconceptions that the general public has about diabetes. We grumble, and rightfully so, about the relative inattention this collection of diseases called "diabetes" attracts. It can often feel like many people don't actually care about diabetes until it affects them personally. And yet - who better is there to correct misconceptions, to demand attention, than us? As an awesome dude said once, "You must be the change you want to see in the world". The next time someone makes an inaccurate or hurtful comment about diabetes, call them on it. If you want diabetes research funding supported, call your members of Congress. (I get so nervous every time I do it, but it ends up being NBD. It takes two minutes!) When you see the media get it wrong, tell them. Write a letter; an email; make a phone call - every time.
What do you think? Do you view keeping diabetes to yourself as a personal right, or as a disservice to the diabetes community-at-large? Something in between?