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Educate to Eradicate Ignorance

Did you know?

  • According to the JDRF, “Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 per day – are diagnosed with T1D [Type 1 Diabetes] in the U.S.”
  • According to the American Cancer Society, the survival rate for stage 4 supraglottis cancer, which is cancer of the larynx above the vocal cords including the epiglottis, is 34%
  • According to the JRDF, “T1D [Type 1 Diabetes] accounts for $14.9 billion in healthcare costs in the U.S. each year”

     Chronic diseases are a constantly evolving field with so many innuendos and details that it is practically impossible for everyone to know accurate facts about each disease. However, to a person who is being directly impacted by the disease, every detail may appear to be common sense. A normal first reaction would be to be mad and think how ignorant that person was to make the comment they made or to act the way they acted.

     However, most of the time, the person is not trying to be intentionally irritating or rude. You can storm off and just be mad the rest of your day or you can take the opportunity to educate them. The person may be misinformed or genuinely may not know the facts about that disease. Take a few deep breaths and gather your thoughts. Once calmed down, explain to the person politely the error of their assumptions or statements. It may take you five minutes now, but it is saving you anger and frustration later that day and you are informing someone of what they honestly might not know. That person can then spread the right information and not be repeating incorrect statements. So, take the time to educate and eradicate ignorance one fact at a time!

Photo Credit: Raymond Bryson