Last week a worthless human being—yes, I am cleaning up my language for you—asked the question “Are you white and a little resentful that black people get their own cool disease, sickle cell anemia? His ranting and raving attempt to denigrate very serious medical conditions is unconscionable. Thus, I am outraged!
First, sickle cell anemia is a very serious medical condition that is life long. There is no cure, making most chronic fatigued. I have watched friends suffer with this disease and have had students to die because of their inability to fight infection. This is not what I would call a “cool disease”!
Second, Celiac and the severely gluten intolerant also have a very serious medical condition that can cause individual to be unable to absorb the nutrients required to maintain health. Neither would I Celiac a cool disease.
Today, I learn that one of the stars on Blue Bloods, Jennifer Esposito, and the character she plays on a leave of absence because she needed a reduced schedule for IV vitamin therapy three times a week. She further says that once she was cleared to return to work, “CBS implied that I was not truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise!”
Have people lost their minds? In my humble opinion, I would say yes! I become outraged when anyone even remotes suggests that Celiac/gluten intolerant is a fad diet. People like the idiot that called sickle cell anemia and Celiac cool diseases only make it even more different for those of us with loved ones we have to protect to be taken seriously.
You can read Jennifer’s story at http://allergicliving.com/index.php/2012/10/21/actresss-battle-with-cbs-over-celiac-disease/. And no, I not about to share the idiot’s link. I refuse to perpetuate his insensitive ignorance.