“Tales From the Member Trenches”
This is my son Will. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 5. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease and has nothing to do with lifestyle.
I am a part of a truly amazing and supportive group of moms on Facebook! Our group is simply called, "Moms of Type 1 Diabetics." We understand each other, we speak the same "Type 1 Diabetes vernacular", and it is a safe place to find comfort when this disease has you feeling down. This group helped me construct a letter to Dr. Oz today. This is something that I have been wanting to write for a long time. I have never met any of these people in the group face-to-face, but by sharing the common thread of caring and nurturing a child with Type 1 Diabetes, we are all connected. The message in this letter is so important to us. Please share this. We want to educate people. The more people we have to back this cause, the better the chance Dr. Oz will use his reach to help us educate the public. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.
My name is Nickie Carrigan and I am writing this letter on behalf of some concerned moms who met in a Facebook Group called, "Moms of Type 1 Diabetics." As a group, we have noticed the lack of specification in the media, when the disease of Diabetes comes up in headlines, and we think you can help us fix that!
As you know, Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes are two very different diseases, and we are all very troubled by the fact that our children (and all the other people with Type 1) are lumped into one category.
Do you understand our frustration? Our children, and we as parents, have had to succumb to the criticism of others because they believe Diabetes, in general, is caused by:
• Eating too much sugar
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Poor nutrition
Most people do not realize that Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and has NOTHING to do with lifestyle. The misinformation out there has caused so much confusion in the public eye, and as parents we feel it is our duty to stand up, protect our kids from public scrutiny and rude comments based on misinformation.
We are asking YOU for a public service announcement to uncover the differences in these two diseases. We are also asking that you please specify which form of Diabetes you are speaking of, when you address the disease on your show or in a public forum. We also ask that you encourage others in the medical community to do the same. We want our children to grow up in a world where their condition is understood.
Would you consider helping a team of concerned parents?
Lisé Freking is our resident Warehouse member blog writer. When she isn’t in the “member trenches” in Zumba, Bootcamp, Insanity, Tank Top Arms and more, Lisé enjoys time with her husband and their three children. Lisé has been involved in sports as long as she can remember: tennis, swimming, track (including shot and discus) and softball. Most recently, in addition to Warehouse classes, Lisé enjoys at least one good mud run obstacle course challenge a year! Lisé also enjoys a hot beach, a good book, and a cold drink in her spare time. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) and her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She currently is an attorney-turned-marketing strategist at Thomson Reuters (25 years and counting). Look for Lisé’s monthly blog articles: “The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth: Tales From the Warehouse Member Trenches” on www.nickiecarriganfitness.com.