I was in our pediatrician's waiting room yesterday with my boys, Will fell off the playground at school and landed on his wrist, and there was a tv or radio on featuring health stories. Will was sitting on my lap and perked up when he heard the word Diabetes on the program. "Hey Mom, you have Diabetes," he said. I nodded and smiled and tried to distract him with a book. The tv/radio voice had been listing all the negatives of diabetes such as, "diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, or diabetes increases heart disease in women....." the list went on and on and I didn't want Will to listen.
When we're at home, I don't want him to see the commercial with Patti LaBelle talking about diabetes complications. I don't want Will and Miles to associate these negative media images with me. I grew up afraid that I'd end up dead like Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias, isn't it time for the media image of diabetes to change? I don't want my boys to think that diabetes means death, cause it doesn't. Not even close. And I'd like to see a commercial for one touch test strips with Halle Berry or Bret Michaels (sp?) instead of Wilford Brimley. Come on already.