By: Jodie Lopez
Blog: Type One Mom Blog
Not too long ago, I was asked, “Don’t you ever get tired of talking about diabetes?”. The question took me back a minute, because I wasn’t sure how to react. I didn’t know if I should be offended, confused or laugh. Did someone really ask me that? I didn’t know what to say, but within a split second I was able to give the most simple answer. Yes. I absolutely get tired of talking about diabetes. I wish I didn’t have to talk about it at all. I wish this silent, invisible disease didn’t exist.
Who wants to talk about a disease that could potentially cut someone’s life short?
Who wants to talk about a disease that their child has?
Who wants to talk about a disease that is so unpredictable?
Who wants to talk about a disease that there is no cure for?
So yes, I get tired of talking about diabetes. Wouldn’t you?
Here’s the other piece to this, though. Giving up is not an option.
As tiresome as it might be, as long as we keep pushing forward, there will be a cure in my lifetime. I look forward to the day when my son doesn’t have to wear an electronic device to keep him alive. I look forward to the day when getting up three times in the middle of the night doesn’t mean life or death. I look forward to the day when people, young and old, all over the world, don’t have to go to sleep wondering if their going to wake up because of a low blood sugar. And when that day comes (and it WILL come), I’ll know that all those people will never have to worry about going to sleep in fear of not waking up.
Blue November is officially Diabetes Awareness Month, and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to tell you about the question I was asked not too long ago. But most importantly, I hope you’ll join me in the fight to find a cure, because giving up is not an option.