Death of Karim Ouellet: show empathy

It goes without saying, the circumstances describing the death of Karim Ouellet are disturbing, and infinitely sad. And his media treatment helps to add insult to injury. What is shocking in the ambient discourse is that it seems to insinuate that this beloved artist of the Quebec public would have died by his own fault.

For lack of having accepted his condition as a person with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

For lack of having badly “controlled” his disease.

For lack of taking drugs.

There are all the ingredients of a speech where one blames the victim.

The Et cell contributes to the stigmatization of people living with T1D.

I myself have suffered from this autoimmune disease since the age of three and a half. Now a doctor in psychology, my subject of specialization is the experience with T1D. I have therefore both suffered and witnessed the devastation that can lead to social reprobation reducing the management of this chronic disease.

As I write these lines, a friend told me that his experience with T1D inspires suicidal thoughts in him and that the media coverage of the death of Karim Ouellet feeds his dark thoughts.

I would like to bring to everyone’s attention that accepting a disease as complex and tragic as T1D is not easy. This issue is very mixed within our community. For some, the idea of ​​accepting the disease is seen as an injunction to stop feeling frustrated in the face of the difficulties it can cause. Insidiously, such a command seems to have the objective of reducing us to silence, for lack of having anything more to resend.

Regarding the ability to “control” T1D. ace of the day, 42 factors have been retained among the variables affecting glycaemia, many of which we have no possible control over, such as: the outside temperature or the hormones we secrete in a situation of stress or viral infection. In other words, we ask to have the “control” of our disease, it is we ask to be all-powerful. With insulin, our power is limited. And we are faced with the evidence that it is the dose that distinguishes the medical from the poison. We always have a Damocles sword hanging over our heads, because we know that too much or too little insulin can kill us. Blood sugar management is 24 hours a day. It’s a heavy daily mental load, without a break. A glycemic average outside the recommended targets is not necessarily a sign of discontinuation of treatment. Blaming ourselves for our poor blood results is unmotivating and hurts our mental health.

In this regard, several studies suggest that T1D is a risk factor for the development of various mental disorders such as: depression, anxiety or eating problems, and that the stigma leading to diabetes has something to do with it. Young adults with T1D would also be 3.25 times more at risk of committing a suicide attempt than those without this condition..

So, I call for empathy in the face of the constant ordeal of living with type 1 diabetes. I am outraged that people dare to blame Karim Ouellet for his lapses in the management of his disease. And it’s even more scandalous that we do it without recognizing that it is painful to live with this condition.

I offer my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Lizanne Lagarde, type 1 diabetic after 39 years, doctorate in psychology, study project on living with type 1 diabetes – and many signatories*

*- Lyne Moreau, type 1 diabetic after 46 years

– Laura Marroquin-Éthier, type 1 diabetic after 19 years

– Karine Grandchamps, type 1 diabetic after 42 years

– Josée Thivierge, type 1 diabetic after 26 years

– Stephanie Roux dt1 after 29 years

– Isabelle Tremblay, mother of the day Simone DT1 aged 7, diabetic after 9 months

– Johanne Vallières, mother of elderly Laurie DT1, 20 years old, diabetic after age, 11 years old

– Gaétane Poirier, DT1 after 59 years

– Marilyn Roy, Laurence’s diabetic mother after the age of 4 of 18

– Karine Mainguy, mother of Raphaël DT1 aged 16, diabetic for 3 years

– Josée Laterre diabetic after


– Julie Lecomte, mother of 7-year-old Mathilde DT1, diabetic for 4 months

– Josée Heafey, mother of Shaun DT1 aged 28, diabetic after almost 4 years

– Catherine Poirier Laforce, 42 years old, DT1 after 19 years

– Karine claes, mother of Megane 20 years old, diabetic after the age of 15

– Chantal Desrosiers, type 1 diabetic after 2018 at the age of 54

– Tina Hache-Lacombe, type 1 diabetic, diagnosed between 2022 and 38 years old

– Audrey Lamontagne, 29 years old, DT1 after nearly 10 months

– Sandra Potvin, mother of Rosalie and Eve-Marie, 17 and 12 years old T1D after 5 years

– Myriam Gagnon, entrepreneur, type 1 diabetic after 2006

– Chantal Lecours, mother of Mederick dt1 after only 4 months

– Manon Pelletier, DT1 after 18 years

– Marie-Claude Poirier diabetic dt1 after 44 years

– Marie-Claude Mother of Maïka 15 years old T1D after 13 years

– Sabrina Gauvreau mother of Leah dt1 and t21 aged 16 diabetic after 15 years

– Cassandra leblanc DT1 after 3 years

– Sarah Brunette, spouse of a diabetic adult after 21 years

– Caroline Gallant, 46, T1D after 9 months

– Julie Tremblay, DT1 after 36 years

– Nadia Lévesque, 46 years old, T1D after 29 years

– Xavier Ferron 36 years old diabetic after 23 years

– Arianne Moreau, type 1 diabetic after 2016

– Annik lessard 46 years old and type 1 diabetes after 5 years

– Julie Bourgeois, 50 years old, DT1 after 3 years

– Caroline Désilets, 44 years old, DT1 after 32 years

– Soléa-Madeleine Fugère, 43 years old,

Diabetes after 25

– Carole-Anne Cloutier, 35 years old and dt1 after 6 years

– Sonia Dris, 32 years old, T1D after 9 years

– Joane Désilets 63 years old, DT1 after 47 years

– Julie Dion, mother of a wonderful diabetic daughter after the age of 3 1⁄2 who is now 9 years old

– Florence Aubuchon, 24, type 1 diabetes after 21

– Claudine Bolduc, Dt1 after 43 years and mother of a 16-year-old Dt1 and dt1 after 14 years

– Aude Bandini, DT1 after 11 years

– Sylvie Gagnon 63 years old, type 1 diabetic after 7 years

– Cloé Perdriau, 25 years old, DT1 after 6 years

– Johanne Bastien-Vinette, 65 years old, Dt1 after the age of 50

– Marianne Lavallée, 29 years old, DT1 after 5 years

– Chantale Poirier, 63 years old, mother of Catherine Poirier Laforce DT1 after 19 years

– Sophie Angelina Grenier, DT1 after 30 years

– Maria Fuentes, mother of Roberto 17 years old DT1 after 14 years of age

– Marianne Duguay mother of T1D after 7 years

– Marie-France Mercier, 56 years old, T1D after 44 years

– Annie Thouin, DT1 after 35 years

– Yassmina Batir, DT1 after 7 years

– Marianna – Mum of Isabella, 18 years old T1D after 9 years

– Andréane McNally-Gagnon, DT1 after 36 years

– Julie Dabate, 38 years old and DT1 after 20 months, so almost 37 years old ~ 09/25/1985 ~

– Isabelle Desrosiers, mother of William 8 years old DT1 after 1 year

– Brigitte Fillion, 60 years old, Dt1 after 37 years

– Annie Roussy, 44 years old, DT1 after 37 years

– Chantale Lagrange, type 1 diabetic after 49 years

– Chantal Berthelot, 47 years old, Tt1 after 1 year

– Diane Bergeron, 63, type 1 diabetic after age 41

– Claude Cloutier 58 years old, type 1 diabetes after 40 years

– Roxanne Ménard, mother of Noémie, 16 years old, DT1 after 12 years

– Amélie Vallières, DT1 later

– Erwan Miry, 42 years old, dt1 after 19 years

– Isabelle Brossard, DT1 after 5 years

– Gabrielle Maheux, DT1 after 28 years

– Christine Mimeault DT1 after 2 years

– Maria Zentefis, DT1 after 10 years

– Gabrielle Dufour, dt1 after 16 years

– Josy-Ann Roberge, 36 years old, Dt1 after 20 years, numerous hospitalizations during my career

– Mélanie Plant, 44 years old, type 1 diabetic after 8 years.

– Catherine Héroux, 36 years old, DTI after 35 years.

– Elisabeth Paquette, mother of Antoine 11 years old DT1 after 2 years

– Danielle Henrichon, grandmother of Aurélie 15 years old, DT1 after 9 years

– Maryse Morency, mother of a 16-year-old teenager, T1D after the age of 2

– Claudine Laporte, DT1 after 34 years

– Karine Galarneau, type 1 diabetic after 3 years

– Maèva Rodier, 17 years old, type 1 diabetic after her 12th birthday

– Stéphanie Rioux, DT1 after 2 years

– Jean-François Lamarche, father of Félixe 6 years old, diagnosis at 3 years old

– Anne-Marie Trépanier, 31, T1D after 4 years

– Sylvie Côté, type 1 diabetic after age 35

– Mélissa Perreault, mother of Emma Tardif 10 years old, DT1 after 7 years

– Geneviève Roger, Mum of Livia, 5 years old, dt1 after 21 months

– Vanessa Audet Breton, 31 years old, DT1 after 17 years

– Caroline Authier, 37 years old, DT1 after 13 years

– Diane Jolin, 53 years old, T1D after 33 years

– Hélène Samson dt1, 52 years old

– Stéphanie Pulinckx, mother of Sofia Mathieu 11 years old, DT1 after 1 year

– Mélissa Gilbert, mother of Madyson Verreault 6 years old in accordance with her 4 years old

– Layla Fathy, mother of amine, 10 years old, T1D after 9 months

– Marie-Eve Dubuc T1D after 10 years

– Josée Tessier, 37 years old. 5-year-old mother of Nolan, DT1 after her 3 and a half years

– Jessy Bouchard mum by Nicolas 12 years old DT1 after 3 1⁄2 years

– Nathalie Long, spouse after 30 years of Samy DT1 and friends of several DT1 (Carowanis camps 💙)

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