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Commercializing Diseases [Aug. 27th, 2012|12:53 pm]
No Pity: A Community for People with Disabilities


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This might be a strange question, but I'll give it a try. Does your disease/health problem/disability have a logo or a slogan? If so, do you like it or dislike it? Do you even care?

Alternately, do you have any strong (or note-worthy) feelings about diseases having logos to begin with?

I haven't really ever heard this discussed, but have really disliked the logo for my (still officially undiagnosed but suspected) syndrome for quite some time, and was curious about other people's experiences and feelings about it.

[User Picture]From: sayga
2012-08-27 08:08 pm (UTC)

This is for MdDS, Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. As I mentioned, I haven't been diagnosed yet (9 years and counting) but today did receive confirmation that my vertigo and balance issues are NOT due to my ears, which means this is even more likely than doctors thought in 2009 when it was first suggested as a likely culprit (but doctors were distracted by my progressive hearing loss, which apparently is incidental).

Anyway, most people get the syndrome after going on a cruise (not me, I get it from air and car travel) and the logo with all the sharp pointy waves and red edged letters looks sharp and frightening and plus, seeing those big waves is like reminding people "you shouldn't have gone on that cruise. You never knew you were going to suffer a disorder afterwards but haha, look at that awful sea. You should have KNOWN better!" I just feel upset when I see the logo. It seems mocking to me or overly dramatic at the very least.
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[User Picture]From: fisher_queen
2012-08-27 09:12 pm (UTC)
Fibro has a purple ribbon, which is also associated with several cancers so I feel sort of odd about using it. I mean I obviously hope those cancers will have cures someday too, but...I'd like it to be something a bit MORE noticeable and specific. I do have some welsh lovespoon earrings that I sometimes like to wear. As an aspie, I used to like the puzzle piece autistic spectrum logo but then I really learned about what autisim speaks does and don't want to be associated with them either.

Edited at 2012-08-27 09:13 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: bludwyn
2012-08-27 10:51 pm (UTC)
I came here to say these same exact two things.
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[User Picture]From: sammason
2012-08-27 10:40 pm (UTC)
I think the UK multiple sclerosis society has a logo, as organisations do, but I don't recall what the logo looks like. It doesn't seem very important, for me personally.
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From: zandperl
2012-08-28 01:19 am (UTC)
I don't know any logo associated with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). I know of exactly one organization related with HS and I don't particularly like their logo:

sadface hsusa

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[User Picture]From: rainbow_goddess
2012-08-28 03:41 am (UTC)
Autism has a puzzle piece, and sometimes a ribbon made up of puzzle pieces. I hate it, and few people seem to understand why I hate it. One autistic person told me, "It's to represent how we all fit together like pieces in a puzzle!" Um, no, it isn't. The official explanation behind the puzzle piece is that non-autistic people find autistic people to be a puzzle. I am not a puzzle. I am a person. We really need a better symbol.

Diabetes is apparently represented by a blue circle, but that really doesn't make any sense to me, and I doubt many people would recognize it if they saw it. Every year there's a push to get a blue circle as a Google doodle for World Diabetes Day, but I'm pretty sure Google doesn't do disease doodles.
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[User Picture]From: moonlithoughts
2012-08-29 04:07 am (UTC)
ASAN has a nice symbol.

And fuck Autism Speaks. They really made a business out of autism. They're the perfect example of commercializing a disorder.
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