May 2, 2010
First, I want to point you to the article I mentioned that I was working on a couple of weeks ago in my blog. I promised to let you know when it had been posted, so here it is: http://busymommymedia.com/2010/05/the-difference-between-type-i-type-ii-diabetes/ Secondly, I read an article about Tim Duffy and the discrimination he faced because of his diabetes in the May 2010 Diabetes Forecast magazine today. He was denied his license to become a boat captain by the Coast Guard. After putting him through extensive testing that included providing 6 months of blood glucose readings, the Coast Guard sent him a letter saying, "We will not approve waivers for insulin-controlled diabetic mariners who show repeated low blood sugar levels below 70." He had a few blood sugars below 70-- which is to be expected for anyone with type 1 diabetes who has excellent control.
I have to admit that my life with diabetes (20+ years) has been relatively discrimination-free. Part of that may be because I have always been very upfront and assertive about the fact that I have diabetes. I am also the kind of person who responds to someone telling me that I “can’t” do something by saying, “Watch me!” Another reason may be because I have chosen jobs in medical fields where diabetes was more understood—most often in careers where diabetes was the main focus. I’m sure in those arenas it is much more difficult for someone to discriminate against me because of my diabetes….or, at least, to blatantly discriminate against me. Of course, most discrimination cases aren’t cut and dry anyway.