March 14, 2012

Body of Proof - Type 1 Diabetes Stops Nothing

In last night’s episode of the coroner crime drama Body of Proof, the character of the  daughter of the lead was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was done very well.

Life is going on and nobody seems to see anything coming. Grandma is at home with the teen while mom is at a business function. The teen is rushed to the hospital but nobody is sure why. Test show it is DKA associated with T1D.

Later we see mom and daughter in a hospital room. The girl has a bunch of IV tubes hanging. She is scared. Mom is scared. The girl doesn’t understand how she can have diabetes if she isn’t over weight diabetes.

Mom tells her that is type two and it is acquired but her diabetes is different.

The girl knows diabetes is incurable. She is afraid she will loose her legs or go blind.

Mom says, “You forget everything you have ever heard about diabetes. Okay? Those are misconceptions. It is a completely manageable condition...  and I am going to be with you every step of the way. Okay.”

So many things right here:

  • Diabetes sneaks up on you - you don’t see it coming. 
  • It is scary, for everyone in the family. 
  • There are different types of diabetes. 
  • Type 2 and type 1 are not the same thing.
  • There is no cure.
  • Forget the misconceptions. 
  • I am going to be there with you every step of the way. 

There was more.

After the broadcast ABC ran a little PSA with the actresses Dana Delany and Mary Mouser on the set. They mention JDRF and speak of the kids and adults diagnosed by type 1 everyday, “like me” says the teen actress.

Wait! kid and adults... like me!

Yes. Mary Mouser, teen actress has T1D.

On the her twitter feed @MaryMMouser she wrote her goal “was to prove that Diabetes stops nothing! :)”

As the father of an aspiring young actor who also happens to be T1D the message that diabetes stops nothing is particularly poignant.

Thanks ABC.
Thank Body of Proof.
Mostly, thanks Mary.

Diabetes stops nothing!

(You can watch the episode here: The scene with the mom and daughter is at the end time at 40:30. Sadly the Public service announcement at the end of the broadcast is not included.)

Update: Scott posted a link the PSA in the comments, thanks Scott, here it is: