I often feel like my disease is viewed as something that "you bring on yourself." And I often wonder if this stigma prevented me from being diagnosed earlier than I was. At diagnosis I was 29 with a BMI of 25. To this day, I often have to convince a new health professional that I meet (be it nurse or dietician whatever) that I do in fact have Type 2 because I guess they expect me to look a certain way.
So to stir the pot a little bit, I've got a few questions for you fellow Type 2ers.
Do you think the awareness campaigns that link obesity and Type 2 diabetes are giving us a bad rap?
Did your preconceptions of Type 2 cause you question or deny your diagnosis? Or perhaps even prevent you from investigating your symptoms?
Does the stigma around having Type 2 cause you blame to yourself in any way?
Do you resent others who don't take care of themselves and are not diabetic?