Do you prefer to be called "Diabetic" or "Someone with diabetes" or something else?

I have always been a bit turned off by people referring to me as "diabetic". For some reason I prefer being referred to as that guy who "has diabetes" as opposed to he's "diabetic". I suppose its no big deal really. I am curious to hear others thoughts on this.

When people acknowledge your diabetes -

Do you (A) Prefer to be called "Diabetic".
(B) Prefer to be call "a person (insert your name here) who has Diabetes".
(C) Prefer no one says anything about your diabetes at all.
(D) Don't Care one way or another.
(E) Other...explain if you will......

Thanks for your response!

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Tags: Diabetes, Diabetic, names, oppinion, poll

Comment by tmana on May 20, 2009 at 9:34am
I have diabetes; therefore, I am diabetic. I am not a diabetic.
Comment by Robyn on May 20, 2009 at 10:20am
D). I don't really care......(just not in a "poor thing " type tone!)
Comment by kassie on May 20, 2009 at 10:33am
yeah, tone is important! I prefer "person with diabetes" but only apply that rule to myself (as in, I don't try to tell other PWDs that they shouldn't call themselves a diabetic)
Comment by Nikki DeFalco on May 20, 2009 at 10:36am
Comment by Kathy on May 20, 2009 at 1:04pm
D) It doesn't really matter to me. I've never kept it a secret what I am. I have a disease and that part I can accept. It's the frustration of trying to get/keep it in contol that bothers me.
Comment by Zo Zo on May 20, 2009 at 1:36pm
I prefer diabetic, it's quicker and i kinda feel that saying a person who has diabetes is kinda all political correctness, which does annoy me. The only experience ive had of people with diabetes is when i started a campaign called DSIS: diabetics struggle in silence and my head diabetes nurse (top of the top) said surely you should have called it people with diabetes struggle in silence (which would have rolled of the tongue so well) But she couldn't even say diabetic that women!
Comment by Sloane on May 20, 2009 at 1:54pm
I am a girl who is unique, plays viola, has fun and likes rock climbing. I have diabetes, and I have my sidekick team beside me.

I am NOT a diabetic. Diabetes doesn't make me; my body "made" diabetes.

Comment by tyler on May 20, 2009 at 2:45pm
Comment by Suzanne on May 20, 2009 at 3:17pm
E-I used to hate the word diabetic when I was younger. Now that I am older and wiser, wink wink, I actually prefer to be called a diabetic. It is part of who I am as much as what I do for a living or what I like to spend my time on. Plus I have been diabetic for over 20 years now. I respect what others want to be called, I think this is a personal thing for all of us with the D.
Comment by dino on May 20, 2009 at 4:33pm
(E) I prefer Dino


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