Only a T2?

sweetslover
By sweetslover Latest Reply 2014-11-29 08:39:01 -0600
Started 2014-11-28 07:48:35 -0600

When visiting with a friend yesterday who is a T1, I informed her that I had been diagnosed and am a T2. Her response was, "Well, you don't have to worry as much as I do. You're only a T2." I was floored—had no idea how to respond or what to say. Should my concerns and worries be any less than hers because I am "only" a T2.


6 replies

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2014-11-29 03:20:39 -0600 Report

wow, I think that was pretty insensitive. You've gotten some pretty good responses here, and I love what Lou says.
Both type 1 and type 2 have some nasty complications. And we both have to manage them pretty much the same.
Glad you stuck to the "high ground".
HUGS, Heidi

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-11-28 17:35:58 -0600 Report

I agree with Kimberly. Both Type 1's, like me, and Type 2's, like you, have to manage BG's to avoid nasty complications. Both involve changing eating habits and exercise habits. None of this is ever easy. In fact, in some ways, I believe that we Type 1's have it easier (my opinion) because we must use insulin. When I was on MDI and now on a pump, I am not tied to the clock about when, nor how much I must eat. I am even able to skip meals if I want to. If you are a type 2 using oral meds, I don't think you have as much flexibility. She was not only insensitive but also demonstrating her ignorance. Take the high ground, don't argue with her and lead by example by learning as much as you can and taking control of your condition.

sweetslover
sweetslover 2014-11-28 18:28:07 -0600 Report

A small part of me wishes I had given her a snappy reply, but you are right—take the high ground.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-11-29 08:39:01 -0600 Report

It seems we always think of the snappy, scathing zingers afterwards…but sometimes silence is the most powerful response.
Wishing you well!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-11-28 12:13:54 -0600 Report

There has been a long standing rift with type 1 and type 2. It is yet another misconception that is often perpetrated by those who are not educated in one or the other. A lot of it stems from the feeling that type 1 have no control over getting diabetes, but type 2 is totally self inflicted. It comes from a lack of understanding. Kind of like a lung cancer patient telling you that you only have breast cancer.

Type 1 has fewer treatment options generally speaking. But we are diabetics and we all need to support each other and stick together. I hope you can get your friend to understand that while our treatments might be different the battle is very similar.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-11-28 14:44:35 -0600 Report

Well said Gabby! No matter what type of diabetes a person has, the goal is to be as healthy as possible and live the life you want. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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