I Wish People Knew That Diabetes...

is never and never will be "under control."

stops us dead in our tracks at the most inopportune moments.

makes my daughter one of the toughest and bravest people I know.

has caused us to purchase (literally) thousands of juice boxes in the past 13 years.

means my kid has sites for two devices inserted in her body all the time.

requires my kid to experience long scary needles every other day for her sites.

has led us to meet some amazing people we would not otherwise know.

means it's been 13 years since I've slept through more than 3 nights in a row.

has no cure.

could have killed my kid if she wasn't diagnosed.

makes us do serious math every time food is served.

has led to my having closer relationships with the teachers and administrators at school.

is the reason I'm slow on the uptake some days because of a long night of highs or lows.

when graphed looks like a roller coaster; and when experienced feels like one too.

is what inspired me to start writing again.

means 15 minutes in the nurse's office a couple of times every week.

is worth advocating and fundraising about.

is why my cell phone is in my hand whenever my daughter is not in my sight.

is a diagnosis shared by some cool famous people like Nick Jonas and Sonya Sotomayor.

means that a little piece of me worries every morning about whether my child will wake up.

is a challenge shared by the family and friends of the person with diabetes.

means my kid never leaves the house without a bag full of stuff.

is a death sentence for people without access to insulin and glucometers.

is something I wish I knew much, much less about.

It's #IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes day- these links will take you to the I Wish People Knew That Diabetes and Diabetesaliciousness websites for more info about the day. You can also search the hashtag on twitter to see more thoughts and to add your own! 


  1. Thanks so much for participating in #Iwishpeopleknewthatdiabetes Day and I love and appreciate your post.
    Can you please link back to the following in your post: http://diabetesaliciousness.blogspot.com/2016/04/iwishpeopleknewthatdiabetes-day-happens.html
    And to IwishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes.org
    Thanks in advance and thanks for making #IwishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes Day a success!
    Kelly K

  2. Just found your post this morning. We are getting close to knowing way to much about T1D for 2 years. Our son was diagnosed the day before first grade. Thank you for your honesty. I read a post on another blog recently- talking about how that mom is tired of saying it gets easier, because it doesn't. You get better at it, you get more used to your new normal, you remember less about what life was like before. But easy isn't the right word. It's what you feel like you are supposed to say, what people want to hear, but it's just not true. I cried tears of relief to hear her say that. Thank you for sharing- for putting it out there- the good and the bad and the somewhere in between. This disease is wretched- but these kids and, I'm just going to say it, their moms are amazing. Tired, weary, stretched sometimes beyond what we think we can bear, but amazing.


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