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You Wrote, MTV Answered.

The DOC, when acting in unison, is a LOUD voice.  Thanks to everyone who wrote letters to the MTV casting agent for True Life: I Have Diabetes (including, but not limited to, my red-headed friend Nicole in CT.  Thank you, Aunt Spazzy!!), the casting call has been updated to something a little less offensive, and many of us have received this form letter from Miscellaneous Media:

To Whom It May Concern,

Thank you very much for your note. I apologize for returning it with a form letter, but we've been getting so many emails from your community regarding our clumsily written casting call that it would be impossible to respond to everyone individually.

First of all, I'd like to apologize for not being more articulate in our casting call. We didn't mean to offend anyone with diabetes with the wording of our post. These casting calls aren't written to define the exact types of stories we plan to cover, they're meant as a starting point to begin a dialogue with potential subjects. It's a very general way to get a conversation going with people who want to write in and share their story with us.

For this episode, we are looking for three people who can be our tour guide for what it is like for them to live with diabetes. It's hard to say whether our subjects will have type 1 or type 2, since we haven't begun filming or chosen final subjects yet. But with True Life, it's always best to find folks from all walks of life who have a diverse set of circumstances.

Because of all of your enlightening emails, we have changed the wording of our casting call so that it asks whether people writing in are type 1 or type 2. We have done the research, and we know what the differences are, but we're still not the experts. It's the people who tell their story, from their point of view, who are the best experts on what it means for them to have the type of diabetes they have.

The bottom line is that we just want to make a great documentary about what it is like to be young and living with diabetes. And right now, it's impossible to say what points will get made in this episode since we haven't cast subjects yet.

Thank you for all of your emails, and again, my sincerest apologies.

All the best,
Miscellaneous Media

Spreading the word about REAL life with diabetes, not just the extreme moments.  I'm very hopeful that the diabetes episode of True Life shows what living with type 1 diabetes is really like.  (Now how do we get Abby on this episode?  ;) )


I love hearing how people come together and make a positive difference in the world. Thanks for sharing and good luck Abby :)

So proud of the DOC for hopping on this one! This is what advocacy is all about - speaking up when it matters.

Go Abby!!

So proud of the DOC!!!! Y'all ROCK!!!!

Great job! to everyone who wrote in.
I'll give MTV credit for reevaluating their needs and responding.

That's so awesome! Yay the DOC raising their collective voice. I'm seriously considering writing in to get on the show. Although, I have super boring life...

Oops we did it again :)

Non-pancreatically challenged world: 0

Good for us!

BTW, doesn't Patrick have a last name, or is it hiding under a rock somewhere, too embarrassed to show itself . . . .?

Holla! We are a force.. a untied force... and that is AWESOME! Crossing my fingers and toes that this TRUE LIFE is really the true D life...

I hope being young and living with diabetes is less boring than being old and living with diabetes. Otherwise, why watch the show? After all, I've got a mirror.

Seriously, cheers that so many people from the DOC wrote MTV and that MTV answered promptly.

Abby! Abby! Abby!!!! So, do we all need to go write in again to get Abby in, or WHAT?

:)...Great job!

How to get Abby in????

1)Have her submit a application for the show.

2) Create a wonderful support letter using your gift of the pen (or keyboard as the case might be). The should outline why she is a great chance to show people what living life with the "Big D" is like and how she is helping the community of diabetics at the same time.

3) Post that letter here.

4) Give us the address to send this letter to so we of the SUM and diabetic community can tell MTV "WE WANT ABBY!"

Go get 'um.

Awesome job! Does this mean we are classified as "miscellaneous media?" I'm really impressed that MTV responded actually.

I'm so glad they responded! Woo hoo to all of you who helped make this happen. I really hope they make the episode and it rings true.

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