Book Stuff

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal 
#8 In Fatherhood (paperback)
#7 In Fatherhood (Kindle)
#1 In Diabetes (paperback)
#6 In Diabetes (Kindle)

Add my book to your GoodReads Shelf

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Social Media



Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient

Winner 2011 Advocating for Another


Winner 2011 Editor's Choice

Recent Blog Entries
504 A1C ADA ADG Adrenaline Advocacy Anniversary Apidra Arden Arden's Writing Ask Me Anything Awards Basal Baseball Basketball bBlogger Bbook BGnow Big Blue Test Blogger Blue Friday book Books Canada Carbs Caregiver cConfessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad CGM charity CHOP Coco Cole community Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad ConsultYourDoctor Contest Coxsackie DayOfDiabetes DayOne Dblog D-Blog Day D-Blog Week DexCom D-free post diabetes Diabetes Art Day Diabetes Awareness Month Diabetes Blog Week Diabetes Hands Diabetes Mine DiabetesDaily Disney DOC D-Politics D-Resource DSMA D-Supplies endo Explicit FaceBook family Father's Day Faustman Favorite Post FDA Flexifix Follow Up Free Stuff Freelance FreeStyle fundraising G uest Post gGlucose Meter GiveAway Glucagon Glucose Meter Guest Post Guilty Health Howard Stern HuffPostLive Hurricane Irene iBGStar IDF In the News Instagram Insulet Insulin Insulin Pump Insurance Interview iPhone Irene JDRF John Sarno Katie Couric Kelly ketoacidosis Ketone LaceUp4Diabetes Life is Short Lilly Love MDI med Media Medtronic MLB MLK Mom's Choice Award MultiClix NLDS Novo Nordisk NPR OBX OffTopic Oklahoma Tornado OmniPod Parenting Perspective Petition Pharma Phillies PodCast pPerspective Pre-Bolus Prescription Preventative PWD reader mail Recall research review Roche Sanofi School Sick Day Site News SleepOver Smaller OmniPod Social Media Soft Ball Softball Spanish Speaking Spring Infusion Set SpryPub sStrip Safely Stay-at-home Dad Steve Jobs Stress Strip Safely technology Teen TheDX TipsNTricks Transparency Travel TrialNet ttechnology TuDiabetes Twitter ty type I video Walk WEGO World Diabetes Day

« Free books from Lilly Diabetes | Main | Father's Day 2012 brings great news! »

"Diabetes", a poem by Arden

Arden's Poem, "Diabetes" I found this poem in Arden's writer's notebook at the end of the school year and I wanted to share it with all of you. I asked Arden and she gave me permission to post it. I believe that these are the first words on Arden's Day to come directly from Arden.

So without further ado and transcribed exactly as she wrote it... I present, "Diabetes" a poem by Arden, age seven.



Why did you pick me?

Why's diabetes diabetes?

How did diabetes get here?

Why is diabetes called diabetes?

Why is there type one diabetes

and type 2 diabetes.

How did diabetes get in life?

Why are you here?

I'm not scared of you evean

that something could


PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (6)

Please tell Arden that I love her poem. :)

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Oh my!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this, Scott!! So many questions, and you know what my main takeaway from that is: You have a daughter who's SO BRAVE and STRONG!!! Not going to be afraid of D no matter what happens - Arden, you rule!!!

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Hoskins

Aww, such a great poem! I raised a daughter, she got diabetes at 26 months old. Today, is a special day for her, she has been on her job for 3 years, as a Federal Agent! She turns 29 years old in a couple of months. My husband and I raised her to be strong and not to be afraid of Diabetes. She played competitive soccer, got an academic scholarship to college and earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. She decided to work for the US because she needed security and a fantastic health benefits. Diabetes has shaped her life but she never let Diabetes be a stepping stone. So Arden, you are such a beautiful big girl and Diabetes will teach you lots of lessons but It will make you strong!! Keep on being positive and may God bless you always, just like my little girl! <3

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaggy Diaz

Your comments really shine a light on why social media is so valuable in the lives of so many. I didn't think that I could possibly feel more proud of Arden for writing this but I was wrong.

Kim, Mike and Maggy you all took this experience to a new level for me, I can't wait to share your thoughts, wishes and (Maggy's) amazing story with Arden!

I all ready gave her Cherise's hug (twitter feedback).


June 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

Arden has her Dad's way with words. Beautiful poem Arden!

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

so sweet - my heart broke a little thinking of your sweet girl asking such big questions that even moms and dads can't answer.

June 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Ghosn

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>