Monday, April 14, 2008
After 30 years....My Voice is STRONGER And Has Joined Others (I also went a little crazy with the CAPS)
After 30 Years as a Type 1 Diabetic, my VOICE has grown STRONG.
The TYPE 1 COMMUNITY has grown larger, more vocal, and more active.
When I was first diagnosed, my father told me to keep it to myself and not to let anyone know Diabetes was a secret. He kept it one - I did not.
Now, t1's are loud and proud, owning the day and educating any and and all who will listen.
In the past 30 years I've seen us go from testing urine, to testing blood.
I've experienced going from multiple shots on a daily basis, to wearing a pump 24X7.
I started on a diet which was based on exchanges and listed chocolate as a forbidden food.
Now, my diet is all about counting carbs and allows me to indulge in my chocolate fix.
In 30 years, I've LOST my SISTER to Type 1 Diabetes and had my NEPHEW diagnosed
30 years ago, my Endo told my parents and I that "they were 10 years away from a cure."
Those 10 years have turned to 30 in the blink of an eye, and we still are left waiting.
As PATIENTS, Type 1's have become PROACTIVE in the search for the cure, and ACTIVE in the EDUCATION of others.
Today, I raise my voice for those who no longer can. My father John, my sister Debbie, my two Aunts Joanne and Pat, and my Great Grannie.
Today, my VOICE joins MANY....
TOGETHER, WE RAISE OUR VOICES and demand UNDERSTANDING of TYPE 1 DIABETES
TOGETHER, WE DEMAND FUNDING for RESEARCH.
TOGETHER, WE DEMAND a CURE
TODAY...OUR VOICES HONOR ALL who LIVE with TYPE 1.
TOGETHER, OUR VOICES are STRONGER .
TOGETHER....WE MAKE DIFFERENCE.