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D Blog Day - The Princess and The Pump Style

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NaBloPoMo - Day 9


Today is D Blog Day.  D-blog Day was started on November 9th 2005 during Diabetes Awareness Month, to help unite diabetes bloggers and create awareness about diabetes.  It was created by Gina Capone - your diabetes BFF.  You can read more about Gina at her blog!

The topic for today is 6 things you want people to know about diabetes.  

I asked J if he wanted to weigh in on the six things he'd like people to know about diabetes.  Here's his list...

#6.  It sucks.
#5.  It sucks.
#4.  It sucks.
#3.  It sucks.
#2.  It sucks.

Ok.  We know how he feels!

As for ME....
Six Things, huh?  ONLY 6?  I have a feeling I could go on all day.  But I'll cut it down to the top 6....

The Top 6 Things I Want People to Know about Diabetes:

# 6. You can't just take a pill or change your diet and expect diabetes to go away.  It's not that easy.  But I wish it were...

#5.  There is NO CURE.  Sweetpea WILL NOT GROW OUT OF IT.  Insulin and pumps and CGM's are great - but they are not a cure.  They are advanced forms of life support.  

#4.  Diabetes is not controlled.  It is managed.  Some days better than others.  You can do everything right and things can still go horribly wrong.

#3.  Diabetes never sleeps.  It never takes a vacation.  It never takes a day off.  Or an hour.  Or a minute.  And neither do we.  We fight this disease 24/7/365.   

#2.  Diabetes hurts.  It means blood.  Pricking tiny fingers 7-10 times a day.....around 3,650 times a year.  It means needles and shots and site changes... around 1,825 shots and 122 site changes a year.  It means arm draws and visits to the hospital.  It means more tears than you can count.

#1.  Diabetes can happen to you.  It happened to us on April 27, 2009.  Our beautiful, healthy child.... who had just turned 3 years old... was no longer so healthy.  Diabetes snuck in and decimated her immune system.  It left her so sick she could barely walk and sent us to the hospital for a week.  

Diabetes isn't something that happens to other people.  To people with a family history.  To people who are overweight.  It can happen to you.  

Know the warning signs.  Know they can occur suddenly.

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness

This face.... 

This is the reason I get up each day.  This is the reason I work so hard.  This is the reason I blog, I advocate, I educate, I care.  This face is my whole world.  This face.... is the face of Type 1 Diabetes.

Help us find a cure!

To read all the posts for D Blog Day, click HERE.


  1. LOVE your D-Blogger DAY post Hallie and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that face. Thank you for all you do to advocate, support, and educate.

  2. Beautiful post, Hallie. And what a gorgeous daughter you have!

  3. Yes, the "will she grow out of it" is just uniformed people making you want to shake the dumb out of your brain! Nice list Hallie!

  4. Wonderful list. The hurt is the hardest. I hate to see Lovebug hurting.

  5. This is such a powerful post. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it. Your daughter is gorgeous!

  6. Wonderful post, Hallie. I think "it sucks" was my favorite.

    Oh, and your little one is adorable!

  7. Wonderful post!!! What a beautiful little girl! (yes, diabetes sucks...can't say it enough!)

  8. Seriously, could your daughters eyes be any bigger? They are so gorgeous! Great list. And to be honest, I think J nailed it. :)

  9. Such a cute little girl! #3 really hits home with me right now. I'm getting married next summer and I don't even get a day off for that. It really sucks.

  10. Great post!!! I love that picture of SweetPea - I think she is gorgeous just like her mama!!

    I loved your list but J's list hit the nail right on the head!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!


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