However, blogging has been no where close to consistent lately. And, so I'm arriving a bit late to the party today. But how could I let a post slip today, of all days?!
Our very own Diabetes BFF, Gina, from over there at Diabetes Talkfest, first initiated D-Blog Day in 2005. It is taking the DOC by storm today! The topic this year is: 6 things you want people to know about diabetes.
Well, I even asked Gina, "Only 6 things?" Because, really, I could list tons more. But, I am a rule-follower, so I will obey!
We recently made a list of diabetes awareness facts that we handed out at last Sunday's JDRF walk. We were so pleasantly surprised at the incredible support given to our little C and her team efforts! We felt it was important to take that awesome moment and educate, if just a bit, to our family and friends who came out to show their support and love and raise funds for diabetes research. We handed out our list of things we want people to know about diabetes to them. But, believe me, there were way more than 6 on that paper! I've struggled to narrow things down a bit.
6 Things We Want People to Know About Diabetes
- The warning signs: extreme thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, weight loss, fruity smelling and shortness of breath, blurry vision and more. Know these and tell others. It could save a life!
- No one gets diabetes from eating too much sugar. Sugar can actually save a diabetic's life.
- There are theories, but not even the experts know why a person get type 1 diabetes. There's nothing that was eaten, done or said that gave them this disease...and, it's not contagious.
- However wonderful insulin is (and it is!), it is not a cure. It is life support.
- Kids with type 1 diabetes grow up to be adults with type 1 diabetes. They will not grow out of it.
- Diabetes is 24/7...every minute of every day. It is a constant balancing act between blood sugar checks, carbohydrates, insulin, exercise, stress, hormones, etc. There is no break or vacation from it...until there's a cure.
(Oh...and the duck thing? Every time I began thinking about this post, the song "Six Little Ducks" popped into my head.)