November is National Diabetes Awareness month.
Here is a video on living with Type I Diabetes:
I remember being about 12 years old when a best friend of mine, Rebecca, took me to the bathroom at church and showed me her needles, vials, and syringes. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We were young and fully couldn’t comprehend the diagnoses. I just remember thinking how unfair it was for her to have to be her pancreas at such a young age, but in life, we don’t get to pick what is “fair” or “unfair”. Instead, we can choose how we handle the cards given to us. As I enjoyed Halloween with my family yesterday, I thought about her. I often don’t think twice about what I put in my mouth or in the mouths of my children on days like Halloween. A person with diabetes doesn’t have that freedom. I guess everyone has the freedom to put whatever they want in their mouths, but a person with diabetes will truly face the consequences. My friend says that she often wonders what life would be like if there was a cure for it. I wonder the same thing, but in the present, I’m thankful for the courage she has shown me through her constant battle to keep up with her powerful disease.
(As a writer: It’s strong people like her that inspire us to write about them in our books.)