I saw a clip from Conan. Take a look at the first 32 seconds.
It was meant to be funny. I get that. To Conan diabetes is a joke.
This morning Conan didn't wake up at three AM, test his blood sugar and find out he was 403. He didn't look at the result, look at his insulin pump and realize he was disconnected for hours and on his way to DKA.
He has never had a low blood sugar and fainted.
He doesn't solve an algebra equasion before every meal. Bolus = (x -- y/z -- a) + n/k
To him a Gusher is a type of fruit snack, not 10 blood soaked paper towels after removing a bad set.
He has never run out of test strips during an electrical storm, or worried about keeping insulin cold after losing power.
Losing a foot is an abstraction, not a reality he might one day have to face.
To Conan diabetes happens to fat people who deserve their fate. It doesn't happen to babies and toddlers. Or young kids. Mothers and fathers don't have diabetes. Only people who don't matter. People on the margins of society. People who deserve to be bullied.
Mr O'Brien, I have diabetes. I didn't deserve it. I live with it. It's hard. I prick my fingers 10 times a day. I worry about how every bite of food will effect my body. I live with a kind of vigilance you will never know. Diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined. If you wouldn't laugh at someone with breast cancer, or AIDS, don't laugh at diabetes. It's not a joke. It hurts a lot. You hurt the millions of brave people who get up and deal with diabetes every day. I didn't deserve to be laughed at. I deserve your support. Diabetes is already hard to live with. Please don't make it harder by laughing at me and taking pleasure in my pain.