Today I read a post on a networking site that said something along the lines of: John has 32 candy bars. If John eats 28 candy bars, what does he have? Diabetes. John has Diabetes. I replied to the post and politely told the person that wrote it that I found it a little hurtful and offensive because I have had Diabetes for twenty years, and certainly did not get it from eating twenty eight candy bars. I suppose hoping to hear an apology was too much to ask because the person basically implied that I am stupid for getting my feelings hurt over a dumb joke that they didn't find offensive because they had gestational Diabetes and learned that the life style choices you make often lead to Diabetes. Their friends then all proceeded to make fun of me and tell me to lighten up. The original poster went as far as to tell me to unfriend them. The point I am trying to make is that the general population perceives Diabetes as something you get because you eat too much sugar. It's made into jokes, mentioned in several rap songs, etc. I understood these things happening twenty, even ten years ago, but I honestly thought that the world was more educated and sensitive by now. Does anyone else run into these kinds of problems? If so, how do you deal with them? I most likely should have ignored the comment instead of making a spectacle of myself, but I couldn't help wanting to be understood.
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