This is the first post of Diabetes Blog Week. The topic for today is “Admiring Our Differences,” which is explained as follows:
We are all diabetes bloggers, but we come from many different perspectives. Last year, Diabetes Blog Week opened my eyes to all of the different kinds of blogs (and bloggers) out there – type 1s, type 2s, LADAs, parents of kids with diabetes, spouses of adults with diabetes and so on. Today let’s talk about how great it is to learn from the perspectives of those unlike us! Have you learned new things from your type 2 friends? Are D-Parents your heroes? Do LADA blogs give you insight to another diagnosis story? Do people with type 1 who’ve lived well with diabetes since childhood give you hope? Pick a type of blogger who is different from you and tell us why they inspire you – why you admire them – why it’s great that we are all the same but different!!
Thanks to my position here at the American Diabetes Association, I have been introduced to many different types of people affected by diabetes. It is amazing how there are so many different perspectives on one disease – but – it is inspiring at the same time. Their outlooks, while different, all revolve around the same basic theme – thriving with diabetes.
If I have to single out a group whose stories really open my eyes, however, it would be the parents of children with diabetes. When we are children, we look to our parents for answers and fairness. But there is no fairness or simple answer when it comes to diabetes.
Why so high?
Why so low?
Why another injection?
Why this machine?
Why do I have to bleed?
Why do I have to eat?
Why can’t I eat?
Why do I have to wake up now?
Now, I’m sure that every child asks some of those questions at some point, but I would imagine the burden of answering those questions to be a bit heavier when it comes to a chronic disease like diabetes.
I’ve seen it in the stories shared on stopdiabetes.com and in countless parent blogs. Beyond that, I’ve seen parents connecting with one another through blogs and social networks, offering support and advice, but always understanding that each child and each child’s diabetes is different.
Parents of kids with diabetes amaze me. They can’t feel symptoms, but they do manage diabetes, advocate for the rights of their children in schools, then work to help their child transition to self-management as an adult.
It may be clear to you that I am not a parent and that I have only imaged the questions that kids with diabetes ask. So I’m curious – what is the hardest diabetes related question you’ve had to answer?