Monday, May 09, 2011

Admiring Our Differences

This post is part of the Second Annual D-Blog Week led by the ever-inspiring Karen Graffeo.

I don't have diabetes.
My daughter does.

I don't know what it feels to be in the throes of an insulin reaction, groggy from high blood sugars or depressed from feeling like my disease will never be cured.

Frustrated on a night of high blood sugars, Cassie can get sharp and curt with her mother and me. It's easy to feel the barbs from my daughter's words when she cries out that I can't possibly know how she feels.

But I know how she SHOULD feel. Healthy. Unfettered. Unworried.

This drives me to be at her side when she needs me. It compels me to fight for government support for research. It strengthens me to put aside personal pride and ask family and friends for donations for research.

The gap between what is and what can be seems, somedays, like an insurmountable difference. But we both agree it's a gap worth closing.

4 comments:

Michael Hoskins said...

Thank you for this. As a former CWD who was likely on that end of being the one crying out, I say Thank You for doing what you do. I can't imagine, from my perspective as a PWD. But through D-Mom and D-Dad blogs such as yours, I've been able to more fully understand and appreciate the heart-ache and pain involved. And how much you are a superhero. Thank you for sharing this, and for advocating and telling your story. This community is great because of that.

Meri said...

Right to the point! And I agree wholeheartedly!

Glad to find you!

George said...

Thank you so much for your honesty and for being such an awesome dad.

Kim said...

Oh, yes. "You can't possibly know how this feels" is a line I used often, too. How lucky she is to have you for a father, there to fight for, console, and empathize with.

She'll "get" that at some point - the wait is the hardest part. (For everyone involved.)

Thank you for this great post, and all that you do for people with diabetes.