Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Diabtes Blog Week Day 2: In defence of my pancreas

Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) - get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? (Thanks to Briley of inDpendence for this topic suggestion.)

Dear immune systems of type 1 diabetics,

We have had enough! For years now we have taken the blame for your failings - no for your wilful destruction - and we will not stand for it any more!

We were just innocently sitting there, quietly minding our own business. Monitoring things, pumping out some insulin, some glucagon, some digestive enzymes while required. Quietly but efficiently maintaining the status quo. We were happy. We did our job well, and while we  may not have received much recognition, we took pride in our results - perfectly maintained blood glucose levels.

And then you came along, with your riotous, rebellious ways and changed all that. What did we ever do to you? There was no reason for you to come into our quite little neighbourhood and wreak havoc. And then to just go own your merry way afterwards, while your owner got sick and we took the blame for your insurrection? Outrageous!

Well, we are sick of it. No more "stupid pancreas". No more "lazy pancreas" We demand that you stand up and take responsibility for your actions! Your cowardly ways have to come to an end, and you should be held accountable for what you have done to us, your poor innocent victims! The fault is yours, accept the liability, and allow us some measure of peace!


The pancreases of type 1 diabetics


  1. What a great take on this prompt, today! Way to tell it from the viewpoint of your pancreas! Love the creativity there. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Can we additionally demand that our islet cells apologize for messing up the rest of our pancreatic stuff by quitting on us? I'd sign this. :)

  3. I love this - and freely admit I am guilty of blaming my poor pancreas too.

  4. Love it! I'm always surprised that people forget that the autoimmune part of our type 1 diabetes has NOTHING to do with the pancreas itself. Just an innocent bystander.... poor thing.

  5. What a great point of view-love this post!