Welcome to World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes day. Our household is wearing blue in honor of the day. Hopefully, when we go out in our mass of blue, someone will ask what’s up and we will gladly tell them!

Also, our house will be lit in blue (thanks, Target!) tonight (and maybe for the rest of the month???). Again, hopefully a neighbor will ask why and we’ll get to share.

I’ve been seeing on a couple of the diabetes blogs I read an idea that some people did earlier in the week. I’m new here – I didn’t get the memo!

But, the idea is, tell 6 things you want everyone to know about diabetes, so that then they’ll know. And, since the people that come here are probably knitters and most of them not part of the diabetes community, I thought it would be great if I posted my list of 6 things now, even if I AM a few days late!! So, here we go:

6 Things I Want People to Know About Diabetes:

1. There are TWO TYPES of diabetes. Type 1, which is what The Boy has, used to be called juvenile diabetes. It is an autoimmune disease, and is becoming much more common in today’s world, and is being diagnosed later and later in life. These days, it’s normally referred to as Type 1. Type 2 diabetes is what MOST of the world knows about, and what MOST people with diabetes have. Type 2 diabetes is often genetic, and TENDS to be most prevalent in people who are older, tend to eat unhealthy foods, get little exercise, and/or are overweight. This does NOT mean that everyone with Type 2 diabetes can be described that way. Often these people can treat their diabetes successfully by eating better, adopting a regular exercise program, and taking medicine in a pill form. Sometimes, it is best for people with Type 2 diabetes to take insulin injections. It is ALWAYS necessary for people (like The Boy) to use insulin to treat their diabetes. There is no choice. Without insulin, someone with Type 1 diabetes will die. Pills are not an option (no matter how much their mommies wish it was!).

2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. There is NOTHING we could have done to prevent The Boy from getting it, and there is nothing he can do to get rid of it. Not even exercise more (and I’d like everyone who’s ever suggested that to me to just TRY following this tornado of a kid around for a week – or even just a day – and see if they’d like to ammend that suggestion!), not eat “better” (I wonder how many of THOSE people eat as many fruits and veggies in a day as The Boy does), not even eating nothing but ham and greens. Yes, that was an honest-to-God suggestion from someone last Spring. I KNOW!!! We do not know what caused The Boy to get diabetes, we only know that his immune system attacked his pancreas, his pancreas now doesn’t make insulin properly, and that means diabetes.

3. About 220 million people around the world have diabetes. Only about 2 million of those people have Type 1 diabetes. The Boy does not have the type of diabetes your grandmother or overweight uncle do.

4. Yes, people with Type 1 diabetes can eat what they want. Within reason. There are no “forbidden” foods. Their pancreases don’t work. They (or their parents) learn how to administer insulin properly, thereby acting as their body’s pancreas. Each. Time. They. Eat. So yes, they can have that doughnut. And yes, a cupcake is allowed. Of course, they should not eat those things ALL the time. Neither should you.

5. There is no cure for diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes will have to take insulin for the rest of their lives. Insulin is a medicine to control diabetes. It is not a cure. They will not ‘grow out of it.’ They will have it for life, unless a cure is found. Sad, but true.

Occasionally, someone with Type 2 diabetes will loose weight, exercise, and be able to get by without taking medicine to control their diabetes. This does not mean they are cured. This means they are using diet and exercise to control their diabetes.

6. For Type 1 diabetes, the method of treatment is not an indication of ‘how bad’ the person’s diabetes is. The Boy is looking forward to using an insulin pump soon (we hopefully will get the go-ahead on Wednesday from the endocrinologist). He HATES shots and still isn’t satisfied with the tiny pen needles he gets to use these days. He still takes a very small amount of insulin, and has only been dealing with diabetes since March of this year. His diabetes is not ‘bad’ at all, but he will be on a pump.

For now, that is all. There’s actually plenty more, but the idea was share 6.


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7 Responses to Welcome to World Diabetes Day

  1. Hello! I recently added you to my blog roll and gave you a shout out: http://www.d-mom.com/d-blogging-new-kids-on-the-block/

  2. Melodye says:

    Thanks, I learned a lot. Looking forward to your next 6. Unofrtunately, people can be stoopid. Sad, but true. You and the boy seem to be coping well. Keep your chin up!

  3. Kelly Corder says:

    Hey Heather! I doubt you remember me but you were my pal for SP10! lol! I just looked you up because I just started spinning and thought of you…the sender of my first spindle! lol. I wanted to invite you to check out my blog…prettypurls.blogspot.com…and check out my first and second tries at spinning! I see that spinning caught on for you awhile ago and you’re making beautiful things…and even carding your own fleeces now!! WOW! I’d love to do that. I just got a TON of roving from a lady on craigslist…she wanted 10.00 a lb but then just gave it all to me…a huge box and a large bag. I can’t wait to try spinning it up. Not totally sure what the fiber is but we’ll see if she wrote it on the boxes or maybe I’ll email to see. Feel free to check it out 🙂 If you would like you can email me. I’d love to have a friend that spins! I don’t know anyone who spins.


    • heather219 says:

      Yes, Kelly – I do remember you! I think of you often when I spin, and each time I go to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Finding that spindle kit and fiber for you was a real launching point for me, too – since I ALSO bought a kit for myself. The rest is history! LOL!

  4. Kelly Corder says:

    OH! My original reason for replying on THIS blog was to say THANK YOU for educating people on diabetes. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for half my life…13 years now…and I wish more people understood diabetes instead of just assuming that they do.

  5. Kelly Corder says:

    I got some new spindles that I love and posted them to my blog. Got a gorgeous one on etsy just yesterday but not sure it I posted it or not yet lol! A new mom brain moment. Can’t remember anything at the moment.

    I thought of you when I started spinning a few days ago again. After my first try I gave up because my single was all bumpy and I had no patience but I do now ans I got it down. Now the spinning bug has bitten me. I post new pics to my blog now too. I can’t believe my singles are so even on my second try…which is also my first spin to make enough yarn to use in a project 🙂

    When I wanted to contact you I had to go back through my blog to find the post about the spindle you gave me ans get your blog address to find you again. When I saw you were spinning now I was thrilled lol. I was going to ask you if you were. Figured it would be nice to catch up and show off our yarn and spinning projects. Who better to share with than the one who gave me my first spindle ans got me started 🙂 Wait until you see all the roving I got FREE from a lady on craigslist. I got a huge box of white roving AND a giant bag…about the size if a black trashbag or a little bigger of two differed colors of brown rovings. I went crazy with glee lol!

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