we asked our family and friends to wear blue for diabetes awareness in the month of November..
So many people do not know much or anything about Type 1 diabetes. Im so thankful for our family an friends who have shown support by wearing blue. Its not just a color or a shirt.. Its spreading awareness and also makes my kids feel good to know the people are wearing blue in support on THEM!
Last friday I posted this on facebook:
Hey guys its Friday.. im thankful Craig isnt
shy about his Diabetes. He will educate people about it and isnt afraid
to. his baseball coach told me he overheard a kid say ”what, are you a
drug dealer and thats your pager?”
And Craig said, ”no,
this keeps me alive!!” (about his pump) he has spoken at several
assemblies to advocate for this disease. He proudly wore his Jdrf walk
shirt today...will you wear blue in support of Diabetes awareness
has had a lot of "comments" . one kid asked about his medical ID
because he wears it every day. He said "it says I have type 1 diabetes"
and the girl said "oh so its like Im so cool I have diabetes?" and he
said "no, its like if I pass out or have a seizure, the ambulance will
know that I have diabetes so I dont die"..she said, "oh...." I kind of
expect it because kids dont know about it.. they have no idea what Type 1
is or how serious it is. Im just glad he isnt shy about telling them
how it is:)
Ive had some terrible things said to and about me concerning diabetes and the fact that 2 of my kids have it...
That its because I ate too much sugar pregnant, or that we feed out children unhealthy food. neither are true.. They are healthy active kids! It was really hard at first to hear comments like these.. and Ive learned that people just dont know.. a lot of times when you educate them, they learn the truth.. and sometimes they continue to believe false facts about the disease. I am happy to answer questions, before you say anything rude, maybe you should learn the facts!
Here are some myths and facts about Type 1:
myth: Taking insulin cures diabetes.
fact: Taking insulin keeps people with T1D alive,
but does not cure the disease. While progress toward finding a cure has
been substantial, there is still no cure for diabetes.
myth: Diabetes is caused by obesity, or eating too much sugar.
fact: While obesity has been identified as one of
the “triggers” for type 2 diabetes, it has no relation to the cause of
type 1 diabetes. Scientists do not yet know exactly what causes T1D, but
they believe that both genetic and environmental factors are involved.
Eating too much sugar is not a factor.
myth: With strict adherence to a specific diet and
exercise plan, and multiple insulin injections each day based on careful
monitoring of blood sugar levels, a person with T1D can easily gain
tight control over his or her blood sugar levels.
fact: While the above strategy is the most effective
way to achieve and maintain tight control of blood sugar levels,
optimal blood sugar control can be very difficult for some patients.
Many factors, including stress, hormone changes, periods of growth, and
illness can easily cause blood sugars to swing out of control.
Teenagers, in particular, may be susceptible to this problem, as their
bodies go through many changes during adolescence. Also, some people
with type 1 find that even though they strive for tight control and
follow their meal plan and insulin schedule, they still experience rapid
fluctuations in their blood glucose. Those fluctuations do not mean the
person with diabetes has done anything wrong.
myth: People with diabetes should never eat sweets.
fact: Limiting sweets will help people with T1D keep
their blood sugar under control, but, with advice from their doctor or
nutritionist, sweets can fit into their meal plan, just as they would
for people without diabetes. And there are times when sweets are a must:
If the blood sugar level drops too low, sweets (or juice, or soda) can
be the surest to raise it, and prevent the onset of hypoglycemia.
myth: People with diabetes can’t participate in athletics.
fact: Physical exercise is important for everyone’s
health, and is especially important for people with diabetes. Regular
exercise helps lower blood sugar levels and keep them in the target
range. There are countless examples of athletes who have had great
success, from Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Gary Hall to ice hockey
great Bobby Clarke.
myth: Only kids get type 1 diabetes.
fact: Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as “juvenile”
or “juvenile onset” diabetes, is often first diagnosed in children,
teenagers, or young adults. However, people may develop T1D at any age.