Prompt: Just like , today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions?
If I could switch Diabetes with another chronic disease, which disease would I choose? I wouldn’t. What??? That’s right! Allow me to explain…
Since my sweets came into my life, we have spent a lot of time in hospitals, doctors’ offices, therapy groups, education classes, etc. and we’ve been around a lot of sick kids with various special needs. Every time I meet one of these kids, I think to myself, “I’m sure glad I haven’t been asked to deal with that!”
Maybe it’s because I’m still new to the T1D world and haven’t swam in the deep end. Maybe it’s because we’ve been through a lot already. I’m just not sitting on the edge of my chair like Horshack in “Welcome Back Carter”…”Oh. Oh. Oh. I want that instead!!! Me. Me. Me.” (Did I just show my age?)
I choose to be grateful for the challenges I’ve been blessed with. I’m grateful for the personal growth and empathy I’ve gained for others. I’m grateful for medical advances that will allow my sweets to be and do anything she wants. I’m especially grateful that we control this disease and it will not control us.
We almost lost her in the beginning but we didn’t. We have our baby. She’s happy and a good sport about offering her fingers up for pricking. I’ve met too many parents that don’t have that. We met parents in the NICU who had to make funeral arrangements for their little ones. Therefore, I will NEVER complain!!! I will be grateful for every minute I have with my sweets. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give her shots considering the alternative. I will never wish there was something else instead for us. I will gladly take diabetes over anything else…cause face it, they all SUCK! Many other diseases don’t have the focus, funding, or hope for a cure. Many don’t have management…just pain and suffering. At least diabetes has a voice that’s being heard…at least that’s what I see.
I choose to stick with what I’ve been given. I choose T1D.