You know how every New Year most of us have New Year’s Resolutions to make healthy lifestyle changes but then after about six weeks our enthusiasm begins to dissipate because it’s just too hard? Well, let’s think about this for a minute…
What if you are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease like Type 1 Diabetes, then what? Do you think you can just stop carb counting and taking Insulin because it gets too hard? OH HECK NO!! It is DO or DIE and that is the bottom line.
Then why, for the most part, do we pretend that managing Type 1 Diabetes or any type of diabetes for that matter is not a big deal? Well guess what, IT IS A BIG DEAL! It’s a lot of work. 24/7, 365 days a year with no breaks and no vacations doing a job that quite honestly, you didn’t want.
It seems we all ask, “why is it so hard to raise awareness to Type 1 Diabetes?” For one, children and adults who have Type 1 Diabetes look healthy on the outside so the public assumes that they are fine, and two, we make it look easy, I’m guilty as well. Of course there are many more factors, but I’d have to say, these two, in my opinion, are the main ones.
Most of us like to share success stories or stories of persevering when it comes to our children, but how often do we share the real life moments when Type 1 Diabetes isn’t so easy? For example, a low blood sugar after exercise and your child is pale, lethargic, shaking and you feel scared for them or an ER visit due to illness and you’re not sure the doctor on call knows enough about Type 1 Diabetes? We’ve all had those moments that make you feel helpless as a parent.
Maybe for those of us who are comfortable sharing, we start sharing the real life moments, the moments behind closed doors that no one sees except your own family. Maybe this will help the public understand that although children and adults with T1D look healthy on the outside, their insides tells a different story. We need a cure and unless the public truly understands just what Type 1 Diabetes is, the funding for the much needed cure may not happen as soon as we would hope for. After all, why would the public fund for a cure that they “think” can be cured by a proper diet and exercise?
It’s time we expose this “Invisible Disease” for what it really is. A chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease which affects every aspect of life.
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Written By: Debbie George ~ June 18,2016