Keeping a positive attitude when dealing with Diabetes is crucial, but not everything is pretty little ponies and rainbows in Diabetes land, and understanding that is also crucial to dealing with this chronic illness.
Where to start, where to start, I probably could list WAY more than 10 things but I guess it’s only fair not to overly criticize Diabetes.
- I hate that you changed my children’s lives dramatically, you forced them to grow up faster than they should.
- I hate that you never work with us, there are days it seems like you are listening and being “good“, but you turn around and smack us back to reality, to let us know you are in fact in charge.
- I hate that I can never sleep more than an hour or so in a row because I’m always thinking about you, and wondering what havoc you are creating within my children’s bodies while they sleep.
- I hate that you took away our carefree days. The days where my kids could just be normal kids running and playing without worry of low blood sugars.
- I hate that you make it so that school is a scary place for me to send my kids when school is supposed to be a great place for them to learn and make friends.
- I hate that you almost took my son’s life, not once but three times. If you were a person I would want to see you in jail or dead, heck I still want to see you dead and out of my children’s lives.
- I hate knowing that you’ve come into the lives of so many children and adults, and took away their “carefree” days.
- I hate that we never have a break from you, you are with us 24/7/365 and you’ve surpassed your welcome here, it’s time for you to go.
- I hate that when my kids sleep a little later in the mornings that my heart sinks, and I worry what I am going to find when I walk into their rooms. It is almost the worst possible feeling in the world. No parent should put their children to bed without knowing they will see them alive and happy in the morning. It’s not a feeling I would wish on my worst enemy.
- I hate YOU in general, I hate everything you stand for, I hate what you do to people’s bodies, their lives, and their families.
It’s not always nice to overly criticize someone or something and give no positive comments at all. So in light of my what I hate about diabetes I would like to list a few things that I actually “LIKE” about it. You have to find some joy when dealing with this disease.
- I like that you have forced us to slow our lives down and take it one day at a time.
- I like that in a sense you have brought my children and I closer.
- I like the days we are kicking your butt and keeping you at bay. No I take this back; I LOVE these days.
- I LOVE our Diabetes supplies, my children’s meters only take a tiny drop of blood, our Ketone blood meter, much better than the pee sticks, our Delia Lancing device, it doesn’t even make me jump when I try it. However, on the same note, I would NOT be sad to have to stop using these supplies because you were no longer in our lives and a cure was found. I would LOVE to throw them out and have a farewell Diabetes party.
- I like all the members of the DOC that I have met because of Diabetes. They understand what it’s like to live with you on a daily basis and it makes controlling you much easier.
- I like that we have God on our side, because with him in our corner we are sure to kick your butt!
My “like” list is definitely much shorter, but I do try to think positively at times when dealing with everything. I’m not going to be depressed and dwell on what could have been. That will not help my children, myself, or my family.
Instead I choose for my kids to LIVE.
I choose for them to be as close as we can get them to normal kids that we can make it. I choose to find the small joys and victories in dealing with Diabetes. I choose to keep raising awareness and letting others know exactly what it’s like for our T1D’s daily, and how each day is a fight against a vicious beast. I choose to knock down the stereotypes that people have about Diabetes especially in children. How dare you tell me or anyone our kids probably shouldn’t have had all that sugar when they were younger. Of course it’s ignorant and rude, but it’s also an “Uneducated” comment, and that we must remember. Use that opportunity to teach other’s about T1D so there is one less uneducated person walking around.