I thought I'd clarify what this disease is.
There is no cure, no miracle vitamin
or pill that will help us to manage it better
or cure us.
There is no "natural" way to help us.
Type 1 diabetes is forever.
Our immune system started viewing our pancreas cells as foreign
and attacked them.
Our pancreas's will never work.
The reason is unknown, but we do know that there is
no way to predict who will get it, or when.
There is no way to prevent it or delay it.
It just happens.
"The pump" is only a device to help deliver insulin, it is not a cure.
It does not test our blood for us either.
We still need to count carbs
We still need to test our blood.
My 4 year old will not be on a pump til she is a teenager.
I have to laugh, because I think I've heard all these stupid comments.
I'll try to answer some of these:
10. There is no "Bad kind" of diabetes.
It's all bad (haha)
9. Candy did not cause this, or poor diet.
Our immune system attacked our pancreas cells.
8. If your grandma or aunt or anyone over 40 has diabetes,
it is most likely type 2 diabetes, totally different disease.
But, maybe they are like my mom, and had Type 1 Diabetes since they were 24.
But probably not.
7. We can eat sugar, we can eat anything we want.
We just need to take insulin to match the carbs in whatever we eat.
So if I want to eat a whole chocolate cake, I can,
but I'd need like a whole bottle of insulin
to combat that! Seriously, though, if I want cake, I can eat it,
I 'd have a piece and take insulin to accommodate that.
6. Hey, you are right. I feel so much better. Are you a moron?
5. Well, then, let's pray you do not get Type 1 Diabetes, because
if you could NEVER give your needles, you'd be dead.
4. Wow. I'm so sorry.
Poor control can cause poor circulation
3. (well, I am now, but I've had 6 kiddos and am trying to lose it)
I was always thin before children.
OK, again, read the chart up top,
Type 1 Diabetes is not caused by poor diet or from being overweight, by eating
too much sugar or fat, that is Type 2.
2. Nothing can cure Type 1 Diabetes.
1. Just what does a diabetic look like?
The only thing that is harder for me is losing weight,
I hope these 2 signs help explain that one for you.
OK, I won't hit anyone, but please don't ask a diabetic that question.
They know what they can eat (anything)
Diabetes does not stop me from doing anything.
Diabetes will not stop my sweet 4 year old from doing anything either.
She can be in sports, she can do or become anything she wants.
She can get married and have babies (as many as God wants to give her)
Diabetes is not a burden.
I don't understand that one I guess.
It just is what it is.
Some things are harder.
It's OK for some things to be harder.
I don't even look at it as a cross.
It's second nature to do the things I do.
It will be that way for her too.
As soon as she understands what "Forever" really is.
(like this morning, she asked, again, "I'm bored of taking shots, when can I be done?")
(to which I respond, "Never sweetie, you will be taking shots forever")
Diabetes does not hold me back, it does not control me.
I control it.
She will too.