I received a submission to ‘My Diabetes Secret’ that said, in part, that I was doing a “disservice to the diabetes community” by creating a platform for these anonymous secrets to live.
I have since spoken directly with the person who wrote that after they posted the same thing on the MDS Facebook page. I think we have largely agreed to disagree on what this Tumblr is and isn’t.
But because I have seen a handful of comments that suggest that that blog isn’t necessary or that this content isn’t being handled appropriately, I feel the need to respond.
I think rather than attack the blog, we should be attacking the cause of the blog. The emotional burden of managing diabetes, the solitude that can come from living with this disease, the shame that arises from public misconceptions and ill-formed stereotypes, the pressure to be a “perfect diabetic”…these are the reasons this blog exists.