Monday, 14 November 2011

Marking World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day. Ninety years ago Canada gave the world the gift of insulin. As happy as we are to have treatment, those of us living with this disease keep working and hoping for a cure.

Until I knew a family living with diabetes I did not appreciate the pervasiveness of the disease. It is truly 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Since my son was diagnosed just over two years ago I have learned how cagey an enemy diabetes is. Eating the same foods, doing the same activity two days does not necessarily give you the same results.

We do our best to educate people interacting with our son how serious this disease is and how quickly the blood sugars can go to dangerously high or low levels. But it is hard to understand this until you witness the changeability of it. People often asked if it will be "better managed" one day. Our son's numbers are fantastic because both he and our family are very vigilant.His medical team would consider him well managed, but that still means erratic days and unpredictability now matter how hard we work.

Today, if you are blessed to be able to eat anything without having to calculate how many grams of carbohydrate it contains and give yourself some sort of an injection- rejoice at the health of your body.

The video below was made a while ago when we were raising money for a cure for diabetes.


  1. It was hard enough to manage my Granddads diabetes, I can't imagine what it's like with a child. Thanks for the reminder to recognize World Diabetes Day.

  2. Yes Claire it has its challenging moments. Since I am a bit of a control freak this is really a challenge for me. Keep thinking if I work harder I will do better, not the case, necessarily.