Wednesday, January 30, 2013

T1D: All in the Family

Cassie, Papa, Mom and Uncle all have T1D
It's unfortunate when I hear of families that have more than one family member stricken with diabetes. It's like that old gag where the comic says, "at least it's not raining," and then a cloudburst erupts.

Yet...

I'm heartened when those very families tell me stories of meeting and overcoming their (multiple!) challenges. No matter how much gets thrown at them, silver linings eventually appear.

In the latest JDRF Annual Report, they feature our family because of our multi-generational T1D connection. Marinda has had type 1 diabetes strike both her maternal and paternal sides of her family tree. It's not something we're happy to be famous for - but I hope we can be a good example of how you can still have full lives, despite the disease.

The lesson we'd  like everyone to learn: that you can and need to take action so future generations don't suffer the same fate.

You can check out the JDRF article here: http://www.jdrf.org/files/General_Files/2012annualreport/reason_31.html

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Diabetes Resolution

Before January is over, I think it's important to set a yearly goal. Lots of people call them resolutions. I like to think of them as self-reminders about what's important for the larger picture.

Sometimes, the day-in/day-out drudgery of managing type 1 diabetes (or any disease) can wear you down. This year I'm taking inspiration from American songwriter Woody Guthrie. In 1942, he wrote his resolutions down in his personal diary. Resolution 19 was "Keep hoping machine running." Resolution 33 was "Wake up and fight." What was true in 1942 is still true today.

We all get worn down. It's essential that we remind ourselves to keep our spirits up and to never give up.


Make sure to read Woody's whole list of resolutions by clicking on the picture below. It's absolutely beautiful:
Woody Guthrie's New Year's resolutions- 1942