Originally posted July 24th 2013
For some reason, because I have a blog about sarcoidosis, people automatically assume that I am a black woman, although my blog’s tag line is “One man’s positive journey with sarcoidosis”. I suppose that majority of people that have blogs about sarcoidosis and sarcoidosis support sites are black women, and thus the assumption.
And today I received an email from someone asking what, as a black woman, was my opinion on the fact that black people get sarcoidosis more than white people. Firstly, let’s clear the air.
A) I am not a woman. I am 100% male
B) I am not black. I am not white. I am not asian. I am not middle eastern. I am not Native American. I am human
C) I don’t believe in statistics
I guess if I really want to give a opinion, I can’t look at it from a black man’s point of view, or from a white man’s either. Actually, I can never understand why race always has to play a part in everything. Even in sarcoidosis statistics. Does it really matter when you already have it just how many black people compared to white people have the disease?
And let’s really think about these statistics. Where are the world’s centers for sarcoidosis treatment and research? The answer is New York City, New York and Cleveland, Ohio. The top hospital for sarcoidosis treatment is Mt. Sinai hospital, located at 98th street in New York City, just on the border of Harlem, which is predominantly African American. And Cleveland’s population is approx 53% African American. So wouldn’t it come to reason that since these major centers are in predominantly black areas, won’t most of the people that are recognized for having sarcoidosis be black? If the main treatment centers were in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Greenwich Connecticut, don’t you think the results would swing the other way?
I really do not feel that it matters one bit what race you are when it comes to sarcoidosis. I have the disease and I could give a flying freak what race has the majority of sarcoidosis. It does not matter. I have it and spouting those statistics is not going to cure me or help researches figure out a cure.
So, once again, lets cast aside race and cast aside statistics and just be supportive and try to get this disease more in the spotlight so that there is more funding for finding a cure
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