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Nelson Mandela: July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

- Nelson Mandela


Please feel free to leave your favorite Mandela qoutes in the comments section. 


Day Of Diabetes: World Diabetes Day Edition


Six years ago I began this blog with the intention of sharing every diabetes related moment that happen to us over a twenty-four hour period. I planned to share our day with diabetes with my friends and family but didn't have one idea about what I was going to do after that day ended. I had never read a blog, didn't know another family who lived with type I diabetes and only ever saw two message boards in the Internet. I had no idea what my sharing would introduce me to or what meeting all of you would one day mean to me. So many diabetes related events happened in the first few hours of August 16, 2007, that I had to stop before the day was over - but that was on my first day.

Today, I think I can make it for twenty-four straight hours... One full day of sharing to help bring awareness to the the world of type I diabetes. Every moment of our World Diabetes Day that is touched by type I diabetes, I will share as an update here on Arden's Day and other social media portals that lend themselves to the moment. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr

If you want to follow along or share the posts, I'll be hashtaging them with #DayOfDiabetes - Many other DOC members will be doing something similar today, please support them as much as you can. Here we go!


The air left the room

In honor of my promise to be as open as possible for Diabetes Awareness Month, I'm going to tell a story that I may not have shared otherwise.

Last night I spoke to a lovely group of woman at their Federation Woman's Clubs meeting. I was invited to speak about publishing, my writing process and to tell some stories from my book. The group was wonderful, engaged and we were having a grand time when I said this in the course of a story, " daughter Arden was diagnosed with type I diabetes that year".

The air left the room.

I paused and my first inclination was to say, "No, it's alright... she's doing great" and because of the situation, that's exactly what I did. But it's not "alright", is it?

So this post is for anyone that doesn't know what a day in the life of a person living with diabetes is like... This one is for Awareness Month.

Insulin is fantastic, insulin keeps my daughter alive. - It's also very dangerous. If a person were to take too much insulin, they could die. My daughter takes insulin between ten and twenty times every twenty-four hours. I think about that constantly. Please understand, I'm not burdened by it most days but the thought is with me always.

Imagine if you had to remember to breath or consciously tell your heart to beat... that's what it feels like to love someone or live with, type I diabetes.

When I open my eyes in the morning diabetes is my first thought, I think about it when I'm walking to the bathroom at four in the morning, while I'm driving, grocery shopping, watching television, waiting in a line for a movie - when I wash the dishes, take my dog outside... I think about it so much that it feels like I drank a bottle of diabetes and then tried to eat - everything tastes like diabetes. It permeates life.

I consider diabetes with every decision that I make. Travel in a car, meals, sleep, I even think about it as Arden says, "I'm going to go get the mail". The mail. I stop and think about where her blood sugar is, before she walks to the street to get our mail - something that takes two minutes. Because, what if that's when we miscalculated her insulin. It has to happen some time, right? No one is perfect and not every carb is created equal, eventually we are going to bolus too much and she is going to experience a low blood glucose. Will that moment merely bring on rapid hunger, will she get dizzy, become disoriented? Will she have a seizure? What if no one is there?

I don't know either, so I think about diabetes all of the time in an effort to stay a half of a step ahead of this disease that doesn't seem to follow the same path twice. Yet, when the air left the room I said, "No, it's alright... she's doing great", because Arden is doing great - but I just wish that everyone knew what that meant, in our terms.



'Like' Arden's Day on Facebook

'Likeing' Arden's Day on Facebook is a great way to make sure that you never miss a blog post, picture or giveaway. If you love the blog, you'll 'Like' the blog on Facebook. See what I did there? Now, you don't want to miss out on more magical word play like that do you? ;)


What do you want from Diabetes Awareness Month?

So November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Okay. Now what?

Aside from building awareness, which is a goal that I hold in high regard, what do you want to happen this month? What change, lesson or tidal shift would you like to see occur after the diabetes online community shines their bright light onto the life of people living with diabetes?

"Something tangible", is always my less than complete answer. But is it reasonable to expect that people who don't live with diabetes have the time or space in their busy lives to commit to understanding a complicated disease? 

Using myself as an example. I am a person who understands how difficult living with a chronic illness can be, I know how important it is to the people who are effected to get their story into the world. Yet, when I see a pink ribbon or a football player trying to kill another man while wearing pink shoes... I just think, "Breast cancer awareness", but I don't really know the first thing about breast cancer. I've never made a donation to a breast cancer charity, except to honor the passing of a friend, and I don't proselytizing about breast cancer awareness.

I'm as aware as I can be, and I can't tell you one thing that my awareness brings to the people whose lives have been forever changed by breast cancer. But maybe that's enough?

Maybe that's all the breast cancer awareness people can hope for, that I know they are out there and that their lives have been impacted in a way that makes them want to teach others about their plight. Perhaps their efforts are more about adding compassion to the world and empathy that is rooted in honest concern. 

Now, if you handed me a magic wand and put me in charge of diabetes awareness, I'd cast a spell on the world so that everyone would know what to do when Arden gets dizzy in the middle of her practice. I'd make it so that each person could feel the insane mix of pressure, stress and fear that I felt last night when I looked down at Arden's glucose meter and saw, "32". I would selfishly turn the entire world into care givers for Arden and each of you. I think that, if I'm being honest, that's what I want from Diabetes Awareness Month - full and complete understanding for my little girl and all of you.

What I expect however, is no more than my reaction to seeing a pink ribbon and maybe that's enough. I hope that it is.

Since I don't have a magic wand, in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month I'm going to dig even deeper and share our life with type I this month in as raw and honest of a manner as my soul can stand. 

It's diabetes awareness month. I'm diabetes blogger. That's my magic wand.