Editor’s Note: This is not a real news story. It’s satire.
iRD News: DENVER, CO. A Commerce City woman, and type 2 diabetic is seriously considering filing a complaint of discrimination against a popular, and award-winning diabetes support group in Colorado. Felicia Allen, a 23-year-old graduate student in foreign short film studies claims that she was harassed and barred admittance to a recent meeting of the support group, which holds it’s bi-weekly events at a public library in Denver.
According to a contact at the Colorado chapter of the American Association of Diabetics (AAD), which is not associated with the support group, the nonprofit group members have been dealing with escalating tensions between the type 1 diabetic members, and the few type 2 diabetic members who have the gall to attend diabetes-related events.
“From what I hear, the tensions have escalated to personal mud-slinging and name-calling,” said the AAD source. Last week a type 1 diabetic allegedly tried to bribe the type 2s in attendance to leave the support group by offering them $10 gift cards to the fast food restaurant of their choice.
Sharon Hater, the past-president of the support group, and type 1 diabetic told iRD News that members are fed up with type 2 diabetics. “They come to our meetings, eat all of our cookies, and act like they have the same disease as type 1s. Some of us type 1s need those cookies to deal with unexpected lows.”
From what iRD was able to determine, the tension between the diabetics is rooted in the belief that type 2 diabetes is a result of lifestyle choices, unlike type 1 diabetes. “Like their condition is anywhere near as difficult as ours,” Hater told iRD. “I wish that I could just pop a pill or two and still eat all the ice cream I wanted, but that is not the way it works for type 1s.”
Gina Webb, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator in Salt Lake City, Utah confirmed that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are different conditions. Type 1 is considered insulin-dependent because their bodies no longer produce the insulin hormone, and they need to introduce insulin to their bodies just to live. Type 2 diabetes is referred to as insulin-resistant; type 2s are typically able to produce insulin, but their bodies are inefficient in using it.
“These are 2 distinctly different physiologies,” said Webb. “While different, the consequences of poorly controlled glucose levels can result in similar problems. I think there is great value in type 1s and type 2s working together for support and advocacy.”
Bob Taylor is a type 2 diabetic from Thorton who stopped attending the support group meetings last month because of the escalating tensions. “Those type 1s are just so rude,” said Taylor. “They act like they are worse off because they have to take insulin.” According to Nurse Webb, some type 2 diabetics also use insulin to help manage high glucose levels.
“The thing that really ticked me off is how those type 1s are always talking about all of their fancy diabetes gadgets and gizmos. Type 2s don’t get to use pumps and continuous glucose monitors…and then they’re always intentionally throwing around type 1 terms and acronyms that us type 2s just don’t understand. They clearly don’t want us to be part of their conversation.”
The warring support group members declined iRD’s offer to mediate their dispute. Felicia Allen is scheduled to meet with her boyfriend’s second-cousin next week- who is an attorney in Westminster – and plans to move forward with a discrimination claim. Sharon Hater said, “There is nothing to mediate. Those type 2s just need to create their own support group and stop bothering us. I’m sure the local Donut House would be happy to host their meetings.”