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Re: [IP] Ann Landers
I am sad to hear aout your sister's cancer..And it sounds as if she dealt with
it in dignity. There is one thing I am not understanding though. I have hair
loss and I don't feel I have to wear a wig nor stay inside. Nor do I feel that
I am forcing anything on anyone by being bald. I only wear hats when it is
cold. I am on chemo drugs but I don't feel I have to hide my bald head.
Maybe there is something I am not understanding and ought to cover up my head.
Could you email me and explain ?
email @ redacted
At 01:46 PM 11/25/98 , you 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.
><<<<<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
><<<<<<<<If people faint at the site the site of blood, then they should
>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>>>>>>>>>
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