Tuesday, November 9, 2010

6 Little Ducks.

It's D-Blog Day!!

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
  1. 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!
  2. No one gets diabetes from eating too much sugar.  Sugar can actually save a diabetic's life.
  3. 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.
  4. However wonderful insulin is (and it is!), it is not a cure.  It is life support.
  5. Kids with type 1 diabetes grow up to be adults with type 1 diabetes.  They will not grow out of it.
  6. 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...there's so much more!...But, I'm not gonna do it...nope, not gonna.  Here's how I'll remedy my restlessness with this issue:  click here if you are curious about all the other things we want the world to know!

(Oh...and the duck thing?  Every time I began thinking about this post, the song "Six Little Ducks" popped into my head.)


  1. I don't know this song, six little ducks.

    I love your list, but moreso, how you present each item - in such a way that it makes it real and relatable, particularly to those that are not directly affected by it.

    Thanks Nan! Love it - really. :)

  2. Love the ducks! Now, I'm going to go make sure all my ducks are in a row before this incredibly full #dblogday ends! Thanks for sharing your list - always great to stop in and see you around the DOC!

  3. amen to # 5! I cringe when people are surprised that my type 1 didn't turn to type 2 when I hit adulthood ;)

  4. thanks for stopping by, friends!

    and Lo..."six little ducks that i once knew...
    fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.
    But the one little duck with the feather on his back, he led the others with a quack, quack, quack!"
    one of the last remaining remnants of my life as a kindergarten teacher!

  5. QUACK QUACK!!! Love your ducks :)

    Thanks for stopping by Candy Hearts! Awesome list :)

  6. Awesome DUCKS and great list of SIX Nan! And a big WOOT for #'s 4,5,and 6 girl...


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