Being thrown into the world of diabetes is not something we are usually thankful for. In my devotional this morning I read how we should “give thanks in all things.” Even in the hard times and storms we can be thankful. I thought about diabetes and how there are even silver linings in the clouds of the diabetes world.
Here are ten blessings that relate to diabetes:
Diabetes Online Communtiy (DOC):
The support and community of the DOC is unbelievable. I have learned so much and felt support and a sense of belonging in the diabetes community. It amazes me how active the Facebook groups are, how many diabetes bloggers are out there, how many are active on social media and twitter chats and instagram posts. When someone feels alone with diabetes, they can connect online with so many people that are probably experiencing what you are.
This is probably a given, but have you stopped and actually thought about a world without insulin? I haven’t really thought about it, but thanks to Dr Banting, my children are able to be alive.
Doctors and diabetes care team:
I’m thankful for our endocrinologist, Dr Qureshi. He has been by our sides for over ten years now. He’s been a wonderful resource, is up on current treatment guidelines, and is an understanding and compassionate doctor. In the beginning he called frequently to check in on us and review blood sugars for several years weekly until we got the hang of adjusting doses and insulin pump settings. I am thankful to be in a community where top endocrinologists are without having to drive hours.
I’m thankful for technology like insulin pumps, meters, continuous glucose monitors, multiple phone apps like Dexcom Share, Medtronic Connect, Calorie King and all the multiple diabetes apps. I’m glad my children were diagnosed in a time where insulin pumps were standard treatment and available because they have made all the difference in our lives.
Researchers trying to find a cure:
Not only am I thankful for the advancement in technology like insulin pumps, the artificial pancreas, but I am thankful there are researchers who are trying to find an actual cure for type 1 diabetes, not just a way to manage it like the artificial pancreas. I hope one day soon my children will not need their insulin pumps.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF):
JDRF has been a wonderful resource for us and so many families. Sara and Josh still have their Rufus teddy bears they were given when first diagnosed in the Bag of Hope. JDRF in our community has a wonderful teen advocacy group that meets monthly and lots of events and fundraisers for the people affected with diabetes. Thanks to JDRF, we have met some dear friends.
We have been blessed with special nurses in every school the kids have been in. I know from hearing from other parents that this is not always the case. When a parent sends their children to school, it is such a blessing to know their diabetes is taken care of by educated nurses who care. One of Sara’s most favorite nurses is Nurse Dawn, who was such a blessing to us during Sara’s middle school years at a new school, along with Nurse Elaine at our current school.
Sara and Josh both loved diabetes camp. Diabetes is a place for kids to be kids and not focus on diabetes, but be surrounded by people with diabetes who understand what each other go through each day. Diabetes camp is also a great break for the parents, who put in countless hours of caring for their children.
Extra test taking time:
People with diabetes fall under the American Disability Act and are required to be given privileges when taking standardized tests, including ability to stop testing if needed to test blood sugar and have a snack.
Show and Tell and Science Fair Experiments:
Not something you may have thought of, but both my kids have done science fair experiments on themselves related to diabetes. Josh even did a “show and tell” for a class when he forgot the assignment. He just pulled out his pump and did an impromptu presentation on what an insulin pump is.
So even in the messiness of diabetes, there are blessings. What things in your diabetes journey have you found to be thankful for? Please comment below and share this post with your diabetes friends!