Wednesday, October 10, 2012


In a way I feel like diabetes has become my middle name.  The word has become so often used in my own vocabulary that the word has gained much more meaning that I could have ever imagined that it would.  In the Oxford dictionary you will find this;


[mass noun]
  • a disorder of the metabolism causing excessive thirst and the production of large amounts of urine.

But as we all know, diabetes is much more than that.  For me diabetes has taken on many different definitions and attributions.  Even though I know it is a disease, to me it has become a part of my lifestyle, a part of who I am and a word that in some ways defines who I am.    When I was told I had diabetes I didn't think this would be the case, in fact I thought that diabetes would always just be something that I only thought about to myself - I didn't realize how much of a community disease it was.  

Now when I look at my Facebook page, for example and see all the groups of type 1's, statuses about sites ripping out, insulin being empty and the exhaustion of a mother trying to take care of her low daughter -  I realize that even though the definition of diabetes is simple and makes sense - pages and pages could be added to the definition of diabetes.  

Diabetes means something different to everyone -  I get that. But, when it comes down to it we know that diabetes is much more than a disorder that causes you to be thirsty and produce large amounts of urine...   



  1. Wow. If you told me to define diabetes that wouldn't even be close to it.

  2. I don't use a pump nor do I count carbohydrates, so that puts me in a vast minority of juvenile onset diabetics. I've been told by several mothers that I have to count carbohydrates because otherwise I wouldn't have good A1C's. My last one was 6.2 I don't know any other juvenile onset diabetic. I have two relatives who are type 2's but we don't live in the same state so.... I am not on facebook because I don't like how the privacy is no longer there. I've tried twitter, but nobody wants to tweet with me. I've been on the different boards, but because I do not use a pump or a pen but use N and R and the syringe and do not count carbohydrates (and I write out carbohydrates and say insulin reaction and not hypo or low, I'm treated like I have other problems. I enjoy reading what you write Kayla. I just wish there were others like me so I could talk with them because I am alone.