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Diabetes Hero: Scared Every Day

May 20, 2012

Let’s end our week on a high note and blog about our “Diabetes Hero”.  It can be anyone you’d like to recognize or admire, someone you know personally or not, someone with diabetes or maybe a Type 3.  It might be a fabulous endo or CDE.  It could be a d-celebrity or role-model.  It could be another DOC member.  It’s up to you – who is your Diabetes Hero??

Like Sara, I was ready to write about my friends in the DOC.  I mean, I wouldn’t be here writing today if it weren’t for them, especially Kerri.  But then I went to visit my grandmother this morning.  When you’re diagnosed at three years old, you need to have people take care of you.  It’s just how it works.  I was still taken care of by my grandparents.  I would have sleepovers.  I would spend two days per week at the beach club.  I went for sleepovers and weekends with my cousins.  I was not old enough to care about my diabetes by myself.  As I was testing this morning, my grandmother asked how I was, and unfortunately I was high.  She told me how her & my other grandmother were talking one day.  My other grandmother asked her how she felt when my sugars were out of range.  Her response “I’m scared every single day.”  I know that my family took over so I could still live my life.  But I didn’t think about what they felt to do that.  What it must’ve been like to see me in the hospital.  What it must’ve been like to stab me with a needle multiple times per day.  My parents did it.  My grandparents did it.  My aunts & uncles did it.  My friends’ parents did it.  The people in my life did all of this and put on a brave face to make my life be just that.  My life.  These are my heroes because I wouldn’t be here today with them.

Me & Grammy

Click for the Diabetes Hero – Sunday 5/20 Link List.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sara permalink
    May 20, 2012 3:42 PM

    Aww! I love that picture!

    You can totally see your grown-up face inside your baby face there and I love that you are trying to sit the same as Grammy 🙂

  2. May 20, 2012 5:18 PM

    Outstanding post, and love the photo!

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