If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

I hope you stick around, or read something you like. Feel free to comment and join the conversation, subscribe or follow this blog by liking the Facebook page Diapoint.

Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

World Diabetes Day

Stockholm, Sweden

It is already World Diabetes Day here.  I should be asleep as we are celebrating with an early start to go camping tomorrow.  We are "celebrating" with our usual busy life, and proof that diabetes does not slow us down at all.

Two days ago I was reminded by a post in a diabetic group that I follow about why it is observed, and why on this day.  Dr. Fredrick Banting led the discovery of insulin in 1921.  He was born on November 14th.  He and those he worked with forever changed the life of many people that less than 100 years ago received a diagnosis that was pretty much a death sentence.

I was also reminded that in 2011, we went to Stockholm.  It is there that I first learned about Dr. Banting and his Nobel Prize in the Nobel Museum.  In that building is a tribute to all prize winners, and there is a vile of insulin.

My son was diagnosed about a year before that trip, so when I came upon then insulin, it was very unexpected.  I did not want to leave it, but yet, I did not know what to do with it.  I didn't even take a picture of it.  I took pictures of Nelson Mandela's ring and many other things in the museum, but why not the insulin?

I was moved by it, but yet I did not want to be reminded of it.  I see insulin every day.  I am happy that I do, but perhaps at the time I was still getting used to that fact even though one year in.

So, how will you "celebrate" World Diabetes Day?  No plans?  Why not go out and do something to defy diabetes, and when you take your next injection or bolus, say a little thank you to Dr. Banting.

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