Today is World Diabetes Day!
I suspect that is news to most of you. That’s ok, pancreases are not as inspiring or thought provoking as breasts or other diseases. And even within the community of diabetics, Diabetes is a very misunderstood disease.
There is a huge difference between a Type I and a Type II; how the disease is treated; the perception of each Type; the myths and facts of each Type and so on. So it is no wonder that today is not widely known.
I could write a long diatribe about public awareness and the frustrations of why some chronic diseases fight for any public awareness and others are right in front of you (see what I did there? lol), but that is not what I want to talk about today.
I will mention that at the core most people want to get behind a cause that gives rise to hope and while most disease causes are awful to contemplate most (cancers included) have stories that provide hope and inspiration.
Even in our personal life facing the cancer fight was hard and long and terrible but My Sweet is cancer free today! That is a message of hope!
But she still has diabetes. You know the sugars, the diabEtus.
Having diabetes, whether Type I or II, is a 24 hour – 365 day – for-the-rest-of-my-life disease. That does not lend itself to hope or does it?
I do not like it that I became a Type III (a person who cares for a Person With Diabetes). I do not like it, that we fight lows, and count carbs and do math at every meal. BUT if I had not become a Type III I probably would not have ever been introduced to some of the most HOPE giving and encouraging people in the world!
Think about it….These dear people face a chronic, daily disease with grace and fortitude. We laugh and cry and just do life together. And these dear friends remind me to quit complaining about insignificant issues in my own life. They deal with life and death issues daily! My issues are small and insignificant.
No, I don’t like it that I have personal knowledge about World Diabetes Day, but I am very THANKFUL and HOPEFUL to know these PWD’s. They make me a better person. So thank you to my friend’s in the Diabetic Online Community! The DOC has changed our lives for the better!
Today is World Diabetes Day. Celebrate the people, celebrate the resilience. CRUSH this disease.