It’s day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week, with thanks to Karen from Bittersweet Diabetes. And it’s hump day, so the week is half over. I am on my way to Sydney for meetings all day, but will be making sure that any transit downtime is spent finishing reading yesterday’s posts. And today’s too.
Today’s prompt: There is an old saying that states “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. I’m willing to bet we’ve all disagreed with this at some point, and especially when it comes to diabetes. Many advocate for the importance of using non-stigmatizing, inclusive and non-judgmental language when speaking about or to people with diabetes. For some, they don’t care, others care passionately. Where do you stand when it comes to “person with diabetes” versus “diabetic”, or “checking” blood sugar versus “testing”, or any of the tons of other examples? Let’s explore the power of words, but please remember to keep things respectful.
I have written about language many, many times here. So today I thought I’d vlog. Happy viewing.
And here it is again: the Diabetes Australia Language Position Statement.