Sunday, November 15, 2009

World Diabetes Day

Yesterday was World Diabetes Day. We talked about it with the girls in the morning, made wishes for what we hope happens until the next World Diabetes Day, then went on about our day. While the girls were playing, I was going through their testers and checking their numbers - my mind started to wander. What would our days be like if we didn't spend what seems like all of our time worrying about blood sugars, ketones and how many carbs were in that little morsel of food that one of the girls just ate? I think about Type 1, insulin, shots, testing and if any of my 3 are high/low or right on target ALL day, EVERY day. I wondered if I would have found my other dream job, in corporate America, would I still be recruiting and helping other people find jobs, instead of working like JDRF does to make the lives of families with Type 1 better? Today I am grateful for the researchers that have the same goal I do - to find the cure, so that I don't have an entire cabinet of medical supplies in my kitchen, that my children and my husband don't have to take 4-6 shots per day, per person, that I don't have to explain to my daughters that even though they just walked 3.1 miles and earned money for JDRF that they still have take shots and check blood sugars. I want to be able to be the voice of hope to parents of newly diagnosed babies with Type 1, to know that they won't have to do this forever and that there is hope in sight - which there truly is, but I wish I could be more certain when I say that the cure is coming SOON. I don't want another Mommy & Daddy to have to look at their child and wonder how they can give him/her shots 4-6 times a day.
To all the Mommys & Daddys who have Type 1 themselves and/or have kiddos with Type 1 too, I wish you health, love and acceptance always. Know that you are the face of this disease and that there is support when and where you need it - always a kind word and others who have walked a similar mile in different shoes.

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