Happy World Diabetes Day!

15/11/2016

Happy World Diabetes Day!

To all my diabetic brothers and sisters out there, give yourselves a pat on the back for being strong diabeasts and living leashless from type 1 diabetes! Today is not only about celebrating how far we have come as a community and as individuals, but also as a day of building awareness.

Like awareness of how awesome and goofy diabetics are.

Like awareness of how awesomely goofy diabetics are.

This awareness is often about the struggles involved with diabetes, the different ways to manage it, or the technology that is progressing to find a cure. These are all very important conversations that need to happen, but today, I want to flip the focus of this awareness. I want to show appreciation to the people in my life, and in every diabetic’s life, who have supported us throughout our diabetic journeys. 

The first and foremost thanks I want to give are to my parents, who would wake up at 12 am and 3 am every night to check my blood sugar, and would regularly have to change pee stained bed sheets late at night.

Sometimes they need my support though.

Sometimes they need my support though.

Thank you to my grandma, who would always write the grams of carbs on my sandwich bags when she would pack my lunches. Thank you to my coaches, dad, doctors, and nurses, who have helped me hone in my numbers and enjoy the sports and activities that I love. To my friends who are understanding when I have to stop whatever we are doing to get a low snack, make diabetes fun by playing the guess the blood sugar game, or are understanding when I accidentally get blood on their car seat. 

And my climbing partners, who sometimes have to slow down from crushing the summit for a snack break.

And my climbing partners, who sometimes have to slow down from crushing the summit for a snack break.

And of course I have to thank my other half, compadre, number 1 diabetic support, a.k.a. my wonderful girlfriend, e, who has filled any excess space in her purse and car with emergency diabetic supplies and low snacks. Thank you for sometimes being more on top of my management than I am, and keeping me stable emotionally and glucosely. While backpacking around Europe, she would shove packets of sugar in her pockets and purse every time we went in a cafe. We are still finding Italian sugars hidden in every crevice of our bags and clothing even a year after our trip.

She taught me that shoving cake in your face is the fastest way to treat a low.

She taught me that shoving cake in your face is the fastest way to treat a low.

I want to thank her for being so creative and thinking of different on ways to pack supplies around the world. Without her out of the box thinking, past travel experiences and the big trip we have planned in the future would be a headache rather than an absolute blast to plan. 

Without e and so many other people in my life, this condition would be so much harder. I truly believe that if someone with diabetes wants to accomplish something, with a lot of planning, plenty determination and trial and error, there is nothing that a diabetic cannot accomplish. But having this village of support sure does make it easier! With the help of this amazing community, diabetes has changed from a life altering disease, to something as integrated into my life as brushing my teeth in the morning (which I ALMOST alway do). 

I wanted to take World Diabetes Day as a chance to appreciate the people who’s stories may not be as forward in the diabetic conversation, but who’s role and selflessness is crucial for a happy and healthy life. Maybe you can identify with some of these situations that I’ve listed. If you can, go show your diabetic support group some love and give them a big hug! Let us know how awesome the people in your support group are in the comments below! Keep the blood dripping, and the insulin aflowin’!

-Eric

1 comment

  1. Comment by Jayne Feldman

    Jayne Feldman Reply 16/11/2016 at 2:55 am

    Helping you grow up with diabetes was easy because of your great spirit and positivity. Making every dr. appointment something fun to look forward to and a good experience has created some great memories. All the time cooking in the kitchen making creative healthy food has been and continues to create more memories. I am so proud of the life you have made for yourself with healthy habits and activity that will enable you to makie all your dreams become reality. Dream creatively, experience fully, and and love every minute of life!

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