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Re: [IP] Re: 8 year old with diabetes not letting it cramp her style



 Do these stories tend to be paternalistic? Repetitive? Even annoying?
Perhaps, but as a grant writer, these stories are actually useful to
me. As I ask corporations, foundations, and the government for money
to fight diabetes, I need ammo and -- sorry to say it -- stories about
kids, whether they are coping or are having a hard time coping, work
the best. Stories about adults are less appealing (some people even
think we are responsible for our condition!); kids tug at the
heartstrings.

 It's like the JDRF posters. On the face of it, many of us don't like
them, but they are used for a reason--they work. So please be tolerant
and understanding, even if the world is not, and be happy for the kids
who are coping and strive to help the kids who are having a hard time
(I used to be one of those). And please, story posters, continue to
post--I need your help!

JP
 > > Is anyone else tired of headlines like "8 year old with diabetes
not
 > > letting it cramp her style"? Like that's such an amazing concept,
or like
 > > the author thinks most kids with diabetes would just be laying in
their
> > beds all day, too sick to do anything.  Maybe I'm just being
> oversensitive,
 > > but it's always grated on my nerves a bit when "human interest"
stories
 > > about people with diabetes are presented like that -- as if it's
such an
 > > inspiration that someone with diabetes would actually also be
able to have
> > a happy, active life.
 > well, it appears to be either the "oh look, this cute kid is
managing
> his/her disease" or "oh look at the poor kid who's managing his/her
 > disease". i saw a few news spots in the past year where they're
talking
 > about diabetes stuff, like that big clunky arm BG tester (don't
know the
 > name of it, and can't remember the details), and they inevitably
have a kid
 > under the age of 10 talking about how tough it is to have to test
the blood
 > several times a day, or to give themselves needles, etc. i get
pretty
 > annoyed both because of the tone (the poor kid tone) and because it
only
 > ever shows kids. same thing with any commercial when they have a
type 1
 > diabetic - it's never an adult, it's always a kid, dx'd 2 years
ago, or
 > something similar. no wonder so many people immediately assume that
if
 > you're a diabetic in the adult years, you must have type 2. it's as
though
 > the kids with diabetes don't grow up or something, they just
disappear at
> the end of adolescence, or maybe after college.   sheesh!
> liz
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