Welcome?

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.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Identify With it, But Don't Let it Define You

I think I decided this is one of my diabetic mottos for my child.

Last week was Sports Day at my son's school. As I watched he and his classmates enjoy the day, one thing that struck me was how much my son had grown and how strong and coordinated he is now.

Just a few weeks before his 7th birthday, he participated in eight different events and not once did he complain, loose interest or even seem tired. He did his best every time and was also supportive of his teammates.

As we headed home, I started to think about this. Outside of checking his blood sugar at the break, and bolusing for his snack, there was no other sign that this kid was diabetic or "different" from his classmates.

I felt a great sense of relief, and somewhat a sense of accomplishment. If there is anything I want, that is for diabetes to not get in the way of what he does. And I especially do not want it to ever be a crutch that he feels he can't do something. Diabetic or not, the word "can't" from anyone without having tried makes me cringe a bit. While being diabetic has its challenges, it should not have its limitations.

It is a fine line to walk, and I think especially in the beginning, as you figure out how your life has changed and how to work it into your new norm. But as you do, don't let it define you. Yes, my son is diabetic, but diabetes is not him.


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