Why Is That Breast Cancer Is So Big But When It Comes To Diabetes Awareness Month In November No One Understands?...Read More

By Novemberrose19 Latest Reply 2013-10-04 21:58:50 -0500
Started 2013-10-01 17:16:25 -0500

I get so upset that everyone makes a big sink about breast cancer but when it comes November Diabetes Awareness Month It Seems Like no one knows or doesn't even care. I was talking to someone I work with and I told her next month is diabetes awareness month and she said "I didn't know that." What I've read (correct me if I'm wrong, please) 1.2 million people have breast cancer 18 million People have some form of diabetes. I think November diabetes month should bigger, should be discussed just as much as breast cancer. I support Diabetics! What Do You Think Or What Disease You Think Should be Bigger And Support

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GabbyPA 2013-10-04 18:59:52 -0500 Report

The disease that demands the most attention is the one you have. That is just how it goes. People don't care about things they have no experience with. I do understand that, as we cannot advocate for things as well until we have had it touch our lives. So I suppose that we are the ones who need to make people aware. We hid it for so many years for so many reasons. I think it's turning around now. It's really up to us to let people know...and even more so, the find a way to make them care.

tabby9146 2013-10-04 15:50:02 -0500 Report

I agree!! most are not even aware of our symbol, the blue circle!! I put it on Facebook and was glad someone asked what it mean, and I told them. I put up things about diabetes on there, perdiodically not too often, but kind of semi regularly, and in Nov. I do it big time. Just like I support breast cancer awareness month in Oct. this month and other things in their months.

imonlymichaela 2013-10-03 16:45:53 -0500 Report

I agree with you on this us diabetics should get more awareness. Cancer may be a battle but so is diabetes. I've been type one diabetic for thirteen years. Ik plenty of people who are teenagers like me who feel like there alone in their fight with diabetes. Me being one of those teenagers who just wants to give up. One girl who I met at a beach trip who was type one diabetic like me got bullied because people don't understand what's it's like to have this disease they just label us as 'weirdos'. Well that girl committed suicided because of her diabetes and people who made fun of her…

Novemberrose19 2013-10-03 17:31:43 -0500 Report

Teenager, is a hard stage of life its all about looks and fads if u don't fit in your labeled as a nerd or a outcast but know when you get older people just don't care they just don't understand. I think people get mean because its there defense when they don't understand something:) don't let people judge you be you if they don't like it well to bad being different is good thing!

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-10-02 20:51:00 -0500 Report

I agree with you 100%. I have often wondered what it was that got breast cancer awareness off the ground with so much attention. Granted, it is definitely something to be aware of and should get a lot of attention, but for goodness sake so should diabetes! I wish someone could learn the secret so that we could get a little more attention during diabetes awareness month.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-02 19:39:26 -0500 Report

I think it is because the Susan B. Komen Foundation does all kinds of things for Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the year. As big as the American Diabetes Association is, you don't see them everywhere in many of our communities.

No disease is any more or less important than the other. It is the people who have the disease that brings it to the forefront. I see women proudly wearing their Breast Cancer survivor shirts, carrying bags, or wearing the jewelry. I even make Breast Cancer Awareness jewelry with the beads and sell them all year long. I have never seen one person in a Diabetes Awareness shirt, tote bad or Diabetic Awareness jewelry.

I am a jewelry maker and I buy Breast Cancer Awareness beads all the time. I have made bracelets, and earrings with them and sell them year round. I can't find any bead for any other disease but Breast Cancer Awareness. I have searched ever bead manufacturer I could find for the beads and cannot find them.

Another problem is that far too many diabetics hide the fact they are diabetic from the world. Far too many do not take care of themselves and fear what others will think of them once it is known they are diabetic.

Until diabetics stand up, speak out loud, often and continuosly, it is never going to get the attention that Breast Cancer does. This means they have to spread the word about diabetes. All of us should be contacting the American Diabetic Association and find out why they are not out doing what the Susan B. Komen Foundation is doing and spread the word. The American Heart Association has a Red Dress Day. Why can't the American Diabetes Association have a Blue Dress Day? These are thing we as diabetics can change and until we make our voices heard, Breast Cancer Awareness is always going to outshine Diabetes Awareness.

tabby9146 2013-10-04 15:52:20 -0500 Report

I agree 100% until we all start sharing it more and talking about it more, it will not happen. I doubt it will ever be as big as breast cancer. Yes, no one disease is more important than theother, they are all same importance. When I was diagnosed, they told me in a few years, some of my friends would be diagnosed, I don't mean acquaintances, I know plenty of them in my town that are, but it happened, now I do have real "friends" who have found out they have it too and as the yrs go by and it becomes even more common, more attention will be given to it also.

Novemberrose19 2013-10-02 19:59:25 -0500 Report

Your Right we gotta be loud and proud and im not afraid to tell people that im diabetic If it scares people well tough its who we are and always will be:).. we gotta be more open about what we stand for every disease is important and people shouldn't hide but teach other…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-03 20:11:04 -0500 Report

Not everyone wants to be educated about a disease. I think unless a person is touched by the disease by a family member or friend, or they have it themselves, most people are not interested. Many of the people with diabetes are in denial same as those with high blood pressure, or any other disease. So until everyone with a disease stands up and be loud and proud, it will not be as popular as Cancer of any kind.

Bun10 2013-10-02 12:44:58 -0500 Report

If God came down and said I have brought two crosses to bear with me. You can choose which one you want. One is breast cancer (currently on the rise in men). The other is diabetes. I wouldn't even need to think about it. Diabetes is NOT a death sentence!!!! I watched my mom struggle with breast cancer. My entire family, including my 7 year old brother, died of cancer. It is an ugly beast that even if you beat it, it's not necessarily "game over". It can raise its ugly head over and over again and you are defenseless against it. The "cure" is sometimes as bad as the disease. It doesn't stop with one organ like a pancreas. It devours every organ you have like a raging California fire. Cancer is a fight for life. Type II Diabetics, like me, just need to do right by themselves. Drop pounds, change your eating habits, exercise, know everything you can about what goes in to your mouth. I might not have become a diabetic if I'd known more about it. Most people out there simply think diabetics have to avoid sugar. Oh, if it were just that simple. My sister and Dad and a bunch of Daddy's sisters had it but I lived a 1,000 miles away from them. I didn't see what they did or didn't eat. I certainly didn't know exercise was a part of it although one aunt was a big mall walker. She was never heavy. I didn't know weight mattered. Diabetic adds are about insulin drugs and meters, etc. Everyone is selling something or soliciting for money. No one is educating the general public about how to avoid ever being a diabetic. Quite frankly, if someone set up a tent on a beach with island music, free cocktails and food and passed out informational diabetic pamphlets, you'd see those pamphlets in the trash cans or blowing down the beach. Heal thyself then volunteer to educate others.

MAYS 2013-10-01 18:49:02 -0500 Report

It's hard to say why one gets more attention than the other, and I won't try to go into any details concerning one or the other, but I must say this, as long as someone is fighting for something, (or standing up for something) you are drawing awareness to it and that is the beginning of the battle!

I support them all, I wear a ribbon for Breast cancer, one for Prostate cancer, one for Alzheimer's, one for Autism, and one for Aids / HIV and if I can be supportive for any others I will add room for them also.

Don't let it get you down, after all, we all need all of the help that we can get in the fight that we support!