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Re: [IP] Ann Landers

To me Dignity is testing, shooting, etc. discretely in public and too me that is
what I've heard people saying in there messages, it's unfortunate you missed

email @ redacted wrote:

>         I'm having a hard time with all this apparent selfishness and
> inconsideration being put forth by so many of the members of this list.  It
> really is selfishness isn't it?   It has nothing to do with educating the
> rest of the world about the problems we diabetics face each day.  Indeed,
> putting syringes and bleeding fingers on restaurant tables is hardly an
> effective way to educate the masses!  Why make someone look away or have
> them faint if you want to teach?   To me it boils down to a question of
> human dignity.  When my sister-in -law was dying of breast cancer (at age
> 49) a few years ago, I was constantly amazed at the dignity with which she
> handled her certain death.   She never forced her illness on others, never
> made them feel guilty for their health, never walked in public with her
> bald head, and always was involved with cancer education activities.  My
> wife and I and our 4 daughters (including the one with cerebral palsy)
> still run each year the the Komen race for the cure.   I'm not sure I could
> have handled her situation in so dignified a manner.    Heather, I can't
> remember how often during her year and half illness I would truly give
> thanks that I was in fact "blessed" with just diabetes, a disease that I
> have been able to manage for 40 years.  Let's work toward educating the
> public about diabetes.  Shocking, scaring, or otherwise forcing ourselves
> in their faces is surely not the way to do it.
> -wm
> <<<<<It's making me so angry to hear about how offensive we are to people who
> become faint at the sight of blood or needles.  I used to be one of those
> people... and then I got diabetes.  I think "respect" is the operative
> word here.  Those people should be glad they don't have to be the one
> using the needle, and learn to look away when they come into contact with
> a diabetic testing themselves -- which anyway, how often does that
> happen?  How many diabetics do you notice every day, and how often do
> they happen to be checking their sugar?
>         As Sara said, I will test wherever and whenever I want, and when my
> friends look away because they think it's "gross," fine.  I didn't invent
> the needle.  It's a part of everyday life.. of flu shots, taking blood,
> giving life... and all these queasy people are going to have to deal with
> it sooner or later at their own doctor's office anyway.  I will not nurse
> their phobias.
> Miranda >>>>>>
> <<<<<<<<If people faint at the site the site of blood, then they should
> have any
> opportunity to look away.  Some people say they are offended by seeing
> dark skin on someone -- How closed minded can people get.  What if
> someone doesn't like to look at wheelchairs, or a brace, or glasses?. .
> . These things help people live, just as insulin injections or pumps,
> and bg testing help people "blessed" with diabetes live.
> Heather,  age 17 dx'd age5 pumping 1 year>>>>>>>>>
> _____________________
> -Wayne
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