By Beerlilly Latest Reply 2014-11-09 09:55:38 -0600
Started 2011-07-29 14:37:32 -0500

Since having Diabetes have you been called/ given a nick-name.

I was at work and we where joking around about some stuff and I got the nick-name "Diabetic". At first I didn't have a reaction to the nick-name. Yet When I look back and think about it. It kinda make a little angry.

How would you react if you got the nick-name 'Diabetic'?

20 replies

GabbyPA 2014-11-09 09:55:38 -0600 Report

That is a most uncreative nick name to get crowned with. It should have been something like "Sweet stuff" or "Needles" or something fun. That is what nick names are for. Of course it does help to actually like the nick name you are given.

At home I am called Flake. That came from a long discussion on how flakey artists are. So my step daughter is called Frosted Flake, and we all laugh about it. I sign my cards to her that way and it is part of what makes our relationship special. Otherwise, a nick name like the one they gave you is just name calling.

dagger1234 2014-01-05 20:44:23 -0600 Report

I would've punched whoever who gave me a diabetic nick name. nothing justifies someone making fun of your health.

draco59 2012-01-30 23:40:45 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear that, I thought only kids were that mean. I've had a few nick-names as a kid, right thru my first college degree. That one was the worse, I've been "husky" since Jr high, then after HS, I put about 20 lbs, before going to coollege. I went to MLT school, so after one anatomy class, I was called adipose man (fat man), it hurt but I went along with it. But till this day it bothers me. But there's really nothing I could do.
I feel for you.

vonweidhaas 2011-08-01 13:00:36 -0500 Report

That is not only rude but shows lack of class. The disease is no joke and I agree with MrdCDogg completely. Next time they joke about your condition by referring to you by that name, remind them of your true name and set them back in place lest it continues as a "joke'. Shame on them

dietcherry 2011-08-01 12:41:17 -0500 Report

I dont care if people say Im diabetic but being called Diabetic like its my name would be a little disconcerting. One of my nicknames as a child was Cherry and it stuck. Nicknames are big in the South.
No one has given me a nickname based on my D status, atleast not to my face. I dont know wether to laugh or cry that others think D is no big deal and therefore fair game for name-calling :)

MrsCDogg 2011-07-31 12:26:37 -0500 Report

That's just being disrespectful. It's like calling someone asmatic, one legged guy, black woman, or fat arse! I think I'd tell them to knock that off.

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pam ga 2011-07-30 02:04:25 -0500 Report

It is diffiantly rude. Tell them to call you by your name. If they are younger they should respeck you. I agree you are a person with diiabetes.

CaliKo 2011-07-29 17:15:27 -0500 Report

Wow. I agree that it is rather rude. A nickname should be a shortened version of your name, or a loving term of endearment. Nothing endearing about "diabetic". Reminds me of getting called "four eyes" as a child. It's small minded and mean. I don't think I'm being overly sensitive. Good topic.

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Cookie Roma 2011-07-29 16:16:31 -0500 Report

It is rather rude. I'd tell them it's ok to call me diabetic if I can call that woman "big gossip". And that guy "sperm donor ." etc.

ShellyLargent 2011-07-29 14:55:18 -0500 Report

With my family, I'll joke around about my diabetes. I say things like "I'm not a diabetic, I'm just glucose intolerant!" or "I'm a member of the Purple Polka-dotted Tribe." But I think if someone that I didn't really consider as "friend" were to make a remark about my diabetes, I might take offense to it. Depends on how it was said and what it was, exactly. But I think you have a right to be upset. It's unappropriate. Are any of your coworkers older then you? Give them the nickname of "Old" and see how they like it…

Beerlilly 2011-07-29 15:23:48 -0500 Report

Thing is that they are younger than I am. Also when we joking around we were drinking shakes. I had gotten a small and was slow at drinking mine. Thats when one of the girls stated saying "Come on diabetic".

Caroltoo 2012-01-30 23:16:40 -0600 Report

Age isn't the issue here. You could be vulnerable and just explain it hurts you and you'd like them to use your name. Most people will respond to honest vulnerability in a caring manner. If not, you could think up a classic nickname for each of them and when they object or ask why, say you were just doing what they have done with you.

kitkat562 2012-01-31 00:16:19 -0600 Report

Please know that there is always someone out there that doesn't understand diabettes. Tak control of the D now and learn all you can. Reach out to the oneses nals, you have all the cthat will support you.. Friends, family, professioals. Yu may be young and afraid. Have someone go with you to diabetic training. I will keep you in my praryess. Grandma K

jayabee52 2011-07-29 18:37:27 -0500 Report

I would reply "I am not a diabetic, I am a PERSON with diabetes. I am a person NOT a diagnosis" That may call the name caller up short by making the name acceptable to you longer.

Growing up I had some rather nasty nicknames especially in High School. When someone who knows me from that time uses that one particularly troubling nickname, I act as though they hadn't said anything. I ignore them until they use my real name, then we can continue.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-31 12:51:56 -0500 Report

Way back a long time ago when I was still waiting tables I had a customer whistle to get my attention. I walked over to his table and looked under the table and said "Sir do you have a dog in here? Because we don't allow dogs in this restaurant!" He very quickly applogized for whistling for me and then I asked what he needed..;o)