As I am sure you have heard, Ricki Lake was on Good Morning America this week talking about her new book.
She mistakenly said “juvenile diabetes” when she clearly meant Type 2. A correction was issued on ABC’s website and she gave a couple of tweets correcting herself.
Is this enough? Should we be outraged?
The problem is not that she misspoke and it has been corrected. The problem is that she helped to disseminate misinformation and most people will not see the correction.
The problem is that her tweets were less than accurate.
My child has Type 1 diabetes (sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes) and is thin, eats a healthy diet, and exercises regularly. She did not inherit it. Parents of children with diabetes hate to hear the media put forth inaccuracies because we are often blamed by people (who are ignorant on the subject) that we somehow caused this in our children. We are not to blame and there is nothing we could have done to prevent it.
My child has a hard enough road ahead of her without having to feel the disdain of people who think she caused this by having an unhealthy lifestyle. There is no cure and diet and exercise will not take it away.
I for one am not outraged today. My blood is not boiling.
I am just shaking my head.
All the education that us parents of children with diabetes do. The hours of advocacy. They all seem undone in a matter of minutes when a celebrity or media outlet doesn’t get it right.
Two steps forward, one step back.
But we’ll keep marching on.
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