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Burden and Blessing

When Type 1 Diabetes rudely enters your life it can seem like such a huge burden. Learning how to give insulin injections, checking blood sugars, carbohydrate counting, reading a nutrition label, measuring and weighing food so you can give the proper dose of insulin to cover the number of carbohydrates being consumed, and then also come the emotions surrounding the diagnosis and what will become your families “new” life. Sadness, anger, guilt, worry, fear, and many more emotions that can burden us down. Sadly even many years after diagnosis Type 1 Diabetes can/will seem like a burden because there will be days when blood sugars are raging like made and it looks like a rollercoaster from hell, there may be a very stubborn low that will not come up, the PWD may be going through burn-out and not taking care of themselves as well as they should, or the parent of a CWD may have an emotional breakdown because of multiple causes.

Type 1 Diabetes will be a burden many times throughout the years BUT I am here to say that having this diagnosis has been a blessing in my own personal life. Now don’t get me know I do not wish this diagnosis upon anyone but since it was obviously in our cards to have my daughter live with T1D I have found many blessings that have come from her diagnosis.

Many of the blessings that I have found that have come directly because of T1D are:

  • The Diabetes Online Community (DOC): The DOC are the thousands of PWD and parents of CWD that are online either through Facebook, Twitter, Glu, TuDiabetes, Children with Diabetes, and many other social media and website chat rooms. These are people that deal with the same issue’s as I do and someone is always available to answer any questions or concerns that may be brought up
  • People: We have met people that I never would have met if T1D had not come into our lives. Some of these are turning into life-long friendships.
  • My daughter is a champ as tells her friends that “Diabetes does not stop me! I can do anything that you can do”. Would she have had this same mentality if she had not been diagnosed with T1D? Guess I will never know but it sure is a blessing
  • We are now a part of something BIGGER. We are part of a community that is trying to better the world not just by wanting a cure but by offering support, information, education, and life experience.

So while T1D can be a HUGE burden in my mind it can also be a blessing. What are your blessings? What are your burdens?

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