November, the month both Daddy and I were born, is also Diabetes Awareness Month. A friend posted this image, and I’ve decided I’m going to try to participate here on my blog.
Day 1: Introduce Yourself
I was diagnosed with diabetes on Thursday, April 2, 1992. I was 8 years old and had been sick with a stomach bug. I came out, climbed into my mother’s lap, and she noticed I had lost weight. Her father was diabetic, as was mine (both diagnosed as adults), so she recognized the symptoms: extra drinking, extra peeing, and now weight loss. She brought me to the hospital. They diagnosed me (I had gone from 60lbs to 45lbs and my sugar was somewhere in the 600s), then transferred me to a hospital better suited to handling juvenile diabetes.
How is my diabetes relevant to a blog about mothering and technology? In a way, diabetes is sort of like a child. I can ignore it, but there are some serious repercussions. I can find tricks for managing it, but then my diabetes changes in the blink of an eye and I need to adjust my tricks on the fly. Also, do you have any idea how much changing technologies have influenced diabetes management? It’s amazing!
Since I grew up with diabetic family members (my youngest sister was also diagnosed during my tenth year with diabetes), I’ve always been open about this disease. I recognize that not everyone experienced the same positive and supportive reactions I’ve had my whole life. I hope that in sharing in this way, you’ll feel better informed and more supportive of anyone you meet with diabetes.