Not to brag or anything, but here’s how lucky I am: I can’t really narrow my diabetes support network down to one person. Sure, there are a few shining stars (my husband, first and foremost), but the more I thought about today’s Diabetes Blog Week topic, the more I realized the impact that so many people I’ve known have had on my life with diabetes. The thing is, just as the little things can really tick us off, the small things can have a huge impact when we’re dealing with the ‘beetus on a day-to-day basis, right?
A few shout-outs, acceptance-speech style:
- To my parents, who sacrificed time, money, sanity, and a bunch of other stuff I probably don’t even know about to keep me as healthy and happy as possible. And an extra shout-out to my Mom, who led by example when it came to battling insurance companies for basic diabetes necessities. I wouldn’t have this pump if it wasn’t for her!
- To my first endocrinologist, who put the fear of God in me in the most caring possible way. He gets an extra shout-out for calling my high school principal and taking him to task for not excusing my diabetes-related absences.
- To my middle school science teacher, who let me stash my blood glucose meter, insulin, syringes and snacks in his office.
- To all the kids I met at Diabetes Camp, for helping me to feel normal and for giving me great stories to tell people 18 years later.
- To my co-workers, who don’t (as far as I know) get the slightest bit weird about what I eat, when I eat it, or the fact that I’m always stabbing myself in the finger in their presence.
- To my aforementioned husband, who gets me juice boxes in the middle of the night, never bitches about paying the pile of medical bills that always seems to be on the kitchen table, keeps me awake when I’d rather pass out than stay up and treat a low, helps me find skirts with pockets, and always tells me how proud he is of me for doing all the things that I hardly ever even think about.
- To my great friend Tammy, who’s been known to follow me out of a yoga class and run barefoot down the street to make sure I’m not about to pass out.
- To the whole entire DOC, especially Kerri at Six Until Me, Shannon at LADAdeeda, Kelly at Diabetesaliciousness, and all the other 30-something women who juggle their Type 1 diabetes, their jobs, their lives and families, and more — and let me read all about it when I feel especially alone.