Thursday, 3 September 2015

Fictional Diabetes

Recently, I've not been able to stop reading. Literally. Every waking hour that I can, my eyes are glued to a book, or my reading apps on my phone. I'm truly addicted.

You're probably wondering what on earth this has to do with diabetes. Well, put simply, it doesn't. And that's the issue with it! I've never found a book, (I read teen and young adult fiction) that has even a single character with diabetes. I've read books containing characters with ADHD, dylexia, asthma, cancer and plenty of characters in wheelchairs for various reasons. But no one with diabetes - any type!

I'm only a little miffed, because to be fair it would probably be a difficult condition to write into a story line accurately. But, the fact that diabetes is barely mentioned in fiction books most likely adds to the ignorance and misconceptions surrounding diabetes. I would write a book with the main character as a diabetic, type 1, if I could. But I don't have the skills set nor the time to do this, so I hope that one day a proper author tries!

Imagine a sci-fi thriller, with the male lead being awesome shooting guns and fighting villains. Imagine him beginning to get injured and yelling "Help! I'm starting to struggle here!" Imagine him turning round in desperation and spotting the other lead sat on the floor a short distance away with their bag open and their kit spread around on the floor in front of them yelling, "Give me a moment! I just need to test and probably put on a temp basal rate!"

Yeah. I somehow have this feeling that it wouldn't work out well.

But maybe a romance novel or a drama with a diabetic. I personally think it could work.
****Hint, hint, anyone reading this.....!****



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