I asked S if she wanted to weigh in on the six things she'd like people to know about diabetes. Here's her list...
#6. It sucks.
#5. It sucks.
#4. It sucks.
#3. It sucks.
#2. It sucks.
and #1...... IT REALLY SUCKS AND I WISH IT WOULD GO AWAY!
(excuse her langauge)
Ok. We know how she feels!
As for ME....
Six Things, huh? ONLY 6? I have a feeling I could go on all day. But I'll cut it down to the top 6....
The Top 6 Things I Want People to Know about Diabetes:
# 6. You can't just take a pill or change your diet and expect diabetes to go away. It's not that easy. But I wish it were...
#5. There is NO CURE. "S" WILL NOT GROW OUT OF IT. Insulin and pumps and CGM's are great - but they are not a cure. They are advanced forms of life support.
#4. Diabetes is not controlled. It is managed. Some days better than others. You can do everything right and things can still go horribly wrong.
( and they are going horribly wrong)
#3. Diabetes never sleeps. It never takes a vacation. It never takes a day off. Or an hour. Or a minute. And neither do we. We fight this disease 24/7/365.
#2. Diabetes hurts. It means blood. Pricking fingers 6-8 times a day.....around 3,650 times a year. It means needles and shots and site changes... around 1,825 shots and 183 site changes a year. It means arm draws and visits to the hospital. It means more tears than you can count.
#1. Diabetes can happen to you. It happened to us on January 3 2005. Our beautiful, healthy child.... who was 8 years old... was no longer so healthy. Diabetes snuck in and decimated her immune system. It left her so sick she could barely walk and sent us to the hospital .
Diabetes isn't something that happens to other people. To people with a family history. To people who are overweight. It can happen to you.
Know the warning signs. Know they can occur suddenly.
This is the reason I work so hard. This is the reason I blog, I advocate, I educate, I care.
Help us find a cure!