So today on my radio show I talked about the diabetes awareness and the lack of it.
Think about this and let me know if I am wrong. I spend a great amount of time going to the Pharmacy weekly and what I keep seeing is a lack of diabetes awareness. I find the diabetic supplies towards the back of the Pharmacy, near the drug counter, back-row towards the rear isle that most people tend to stray from. Now for diabetics we know where to go. It also happens to be across from the foot supplies which I kind of like since we should as diabetics take care of our feet. Still though they are not right up in front for the eyes to see. I am not talking about for us to see though. I want the people who don't have diabetes, who are suppose to be made aware of this disease to see what we go through. The kids of supplies we need daily to wake them up.
When you reach the front of the store where all the magazines are and the greasy slime papers, as I call them are, but good for stories, do you ever see a story about diabetes? The other day I saw the story about Patrick Swayze dying of cancer. Everyone else dying from this and that and some people picked up by aliens, but nothing about diabetes. You can read about Big Ed McMahon who is in the hospital or Jerry Lewis on steroids, but nothing about who has diabetes. What celebrity, beside Nick Jonas has diabetes on the front page. Nothing about amputees, even though 200 happen a day. nothing about someone dying from complications from diabetes even though 600 die daily.
So where is the awareness that everyone is talking about. We as diabetics look for diabetic things when we enter a store out of habit and being interested in new products. Others don't care. There are no signs at the counter that say take this diabetic magazine it's free. They are just laying on the counter, grab one if you want. Nothing there to tell you anything.
why not put good ole Wiford out there as a cardboard stand-up in his western hat pointing out the supplies? Why not put a picture of Nick Jonas over the supplies or at the counter to reinforce awareness of diabetes? Why not have Wilford as a talking machine like I have seen other machines at the drug stores. I walk by one spot in the isle and this machine starts to talk to me about question I may have and it may be bale to answer them. Why not have a machine like that for diabetes? That's awareness to me.
Why do they hide everything? That's why so many diabetics are still scared to come out and admit they are diabetic. I can't blame them when in the 21st century we still hide this disease. What is it, are they afraid of it or us? Are they afraid we will infect others? Come on we all know diabetes isn't contagious, or do we? How many people or kids don't know that? I had a kid recently ask me if he hugged me would he catch diabetes? Wow. I was shocked. This was a kid in the 7th grade. What are they teaching these kids in school? So much for awareness.
So I say it is time to make awareness a national issue by us. No one else will do it so why not the community? Why shouldn't we who really and truly care about us and other make a case for awareness? I am tired of going to the back isles of stores like I am a diseased person. Take our stuff and put i right out there in front. What are they afraid of? Let people ask questions. Let kids ask their parents what is that? What is diabetes? Can I get it? Let the kids see and ask for they are our future.
Let me know what you think. This discussion is far from over for me.
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