NaBloPoMo Day 2
Insulin is vital for the survival of people with type 1 diabetes and often ultimately required by people with type 2 diabetes. Even though insulin's indispensible nature is recognised by its inclusion in the WHO's Essential Medicines List, insulin is still not available on an uninterrupted basis in many parts of the developing world.
I'm not sure we've met.
I'm Wendy, and this is my little cyber nest on the net. Make yourself at home, okay? Don't worry.....I'm not going to ask you what your last A1c was.
Oh. You aren't laughing.
Listen....I don't know your story. Maybe you're a teenager with T1 who doesn't care about the hoopla right now. Maybe you're an adult with T1 who is struggling with balancing life. Maybe you're an overwhelmed parent of a T1....perhaps even of that aforementioned teenager.
You come here -- to the DOC -- and read over and over about everyone's awesome numbers, stellar A1c's, and seemingly "good" control.
YOU are who I'm talking to today.
Whomever you are, I just want to let you know that YOU matter here. Not just **HERE**, but all over the DOC. We want you to be encouraged. We want you to feel empowered to change the things you are capable of changing. And....we want you to know that those numbers don't define you. Your circumstances are unique to your journey. Diabetes cannot defeat you, because you are stronger.
I'm not a medical doctor, but you should know that Candy Hearts is a safe place to ask questions you may feel intimidated to ask elsewhere, vent a frustration, or connect with new friends. I'll listen.
Because someone listened to me once.
Sugar's A1c was 8.9 a few years ago. I felt like a complete failure. I didn't know what else I could be doing, and I was paralyzed with fear that I'd give too much insulin. It was nearly 2 years after her diagnosis (about 6 months after she began pumping!!). That's when I finally went online...up until that time, I figured I could handle all this crap on my own. I joined a Yahoo Group and put it all out there -- for the world to see. I knew if I didn't get some help from people who understood what I was dealing with, she'd creep into the 9's..and beyond. I had been watching her climb for awhile.
People responded with complete compassion and kindness. They didn't judge me, call me a horrible mother, or laugh at me. Instead they listened, offered realistic suggestions, and encouraged me.
Three months later, her A1c was 7.8....the BEST ever and the FIRST number under 8. I felt like throwing a party!
Consider this YOUR personal invitation to make the journey alongside the DOC as we celebrate this month of diabetes awareness.
Feel free to jump in and introduce yourself anytime.
From My CANDY HEART to Yours,