Diabetes Awareness Challenge

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This is about the Diabetes Awareness Challenge. I took a photo--admittedly not one of my best, but one I felt summed up the idea of being a diabetic in today's world--to submit to the contest. After all, I've been a Type 1 diabetic for all but 9 of my 56 years. I guess I was a little disappointed at some of the entries, especially so many photos of fruit. Yes, eating fruit is healthy, exercising is healthy, I guess I didn't expect the challenge to be so based on Type 2 Diabetes. There is a big difference: i.e., with Type 1, it didn't matter what I ate, I was genetically deficient in the DNA that kept my pancreas working, so it stopped. It almost killed me. With Type 2, proper eating and taking proper care of oneself can stave off, sometimes stop, or at least better treat the disease. I wish I, and others like me, had that option. Diabetes is NOT a pretty picture. This is not really a complaint, but a concern--that the creator of the challenge seems to not know the difference. I didn't enter expecting to win anything, but to help educate in a non-metaphorical way. It's a point that is important to me, for obvious reasons.
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Terry Gower

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Some fruit I believe isn't all that great for diabetes, and you are right, its not all about fruit, in fact that's a pretty small part of it......My partner is diabetic, so is my brother, I understand what you are saying.
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Thanks for your reply. I'm glad someone thought to make this a challenge, but for someone with diabetes, it makes voting for the 'best' photo in that category a bit more difficult, but nothing I can't handle!
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I also though all the fruit and food photos were kinda out there. I posted the photo of my friend on a mountain top who maintains his diabetes with a proper nutrition, exercise and constant monitoring. From my angle with that photo I wanted to show that it didn't have to slow you down.

I agree most of us do not know a whole lot about diabetes. I didn't know the difference between Type 1 and 2. But trying to be specific or exact in these Challenges is impossible.

Btw... The Diabetes Awareness Challenge seems to have disappeared. I can't find it.
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Really? I'll have to take a look. I realize people have different ideas about what represents what in photos, it's the nature of art: subjectivity. I have tried not to let the diabetes slow me down,but after all this time--and that I'm just not getting any younger, period LOL, I can see/feel it. That being said, I still do pretty much what I want and can't ask for more.

As for the appropriateness of photos, for instance I'm still wondering how a photo of a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar comes under the heading of "Heathcare Objects".. Oh, well. To each his own...
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Yes, it does seem to have disappeared. Hope my question/topic wasn't in part responsible for that. :(

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