I don’t personally know all of the people who help with the event and I think that some of the volunteers were friends and family and maybe even coworkers of those who organized or sponsored the event.
One of the women who was helping with check in said something not once, but twice, that was a complete diabetes myth.
Let me say that this person was incredibly nice and I appreciate that she was out there on a cold, rainy morning volunteering her time.
Looking back I wish that I had corrected her.
“I just find it ironic that they have donuts at a diabetes walk.”
I wish that I had been awake and warm enough to say, “Actually, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder with no known cause and no cure. There is nothing that can be done to prevent it. Diet and exercise choices have no bearing on whether or not someone will develop type 1 diabetes. People with diabetes can certainly eat donuts as long as they have insulin to cover it.”
It’s so easy to complain when we see a television show or newspaper get it wrong. But what about people we face in every day life? Sometimes I just blow it off and chalk it up to not being educated or aware. Sometimes I do correct them. And sometimes I just don’t have it in me.
Updated: I should have mentioned and didn’t…the donuts were not there for the T1 kids and they weren’t there for the people attending the event. They were there for the adult volunteers who got up at the crack of dawn to give their time. I completely understand and appreciate the comments below. But the point is that donuts (or other foods) don’t cause type 1 diabetes and if the general public believes that then our kids (and us as their parents) will continue to be falsely branded as somehow causing it.
Image courtesy Dunkin Donuts website.