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Beware of "Troll Crossings"!

no trolls allowedHaving diabetes is hard enough. Don't let Internet trolls make it worse.

Everybody has an opinion.

If I learned one thing in the last election, it was the proof that not only do many people have an opinion; they are also convinced that their opinion is the ONLY opinion that can be correct. 

I’m sure you witnessed that as well. The unfortunate truth that I also learned is that many people are wrong. It's clear to me that many people indeed get ‘it’ wrong a lot. Sometimes they even ‘make it up’ as they go along. So sure of themselves that they do not even realize how silly they sound when they pass themselves off as an expert. This was evident throughout much of the last presidential election cycle as well.

It can also be said of those in the diabetes world. 

I have literally lost count of how many times I’ve read some advice and thought that ‘no one’ would ever be impacted by a particular morsel of miss-information that is shared……but remarkably, people still seem to be easily misled, even in this high-tech day that we live in.  

They read something….it’s gospel. I’ve also lost count of how many social media posts share the hurt and the pain that people have endured courtesy of other people's ignorance. Wrong information can be hurtful. Here's an example that isn't that unusual:

Recent hurtful social media post:

“I read that the mother of the child is 90% responsible for a child’s diagnosis of diabetes, so that means your child’s diagnosis is your fault...You are NOT REALLY thinking of having ANOTHER child now that your first has diabetes are you? Because they will have a 95% chance of getting it also.” 

Really?This is absolutely unfounded but thanks to the ease of use and reach of social media, misinformation gets promulgated multiple times over. It seems that anything in print,  is often taken as the truth and reacted to as if it is fact. 

I’m not going to pretend that I’ve grown completely thick-skinned but I recognize from almost a mile away when someone is about to ‘shovel it’, as I call it. Especially sentences that begin...“You should do this for your child.” Or, “The action you are currently taking was originally my idea—you stole it.”  “So and so said XYZ…..you are wrong.”  “You should not be doing XYZ.” 

So many things that make no sense whatsoever but still, some people believe if they say it enough times, it will make it true...it doesn’t and don’t you believe it.

When you hear or read something that sounds like advice, be sure to check it every way and sideways; and then check it again to find out if it’s true and if it pertains to you and how you deal with diabetes for yourself and/or for your child. (Best sources of information are sites that end in .gov or .org or .edu, by the way.)

If it make sense, say thank you.  But if it doesn’t,  don’t get into a battle of words with the person because that accomplishes nothing.

Do you know what a cyber-troll is?  In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtrl/, /ˈtrɒl/) “is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,  extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll's amusement,” according to Wikipedia.
...often for the troll’s amusement?


You live your life to the absolute best you can and you feel, at times, that you are hanging on by a bare thread when some fool comes along and says something to infuriate you for the plain and simple reason….they’re amused by it. Sounds pretty sicko, does it not?

So I caution everyone who spends time in this world of diabetes and online…….you live with a lot. DO not get caught up in things that have nothing to do with you. You know the truth. Your heart is a the best barometer of al...listen to it.

I am a diabetes dad.

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