A unicorn frappuccino, a Halloween candy haul, or a decadent chocolate cake is not #diabetes.
#diabetes is finger pokes interrupting your normal routine, delaying your errands, intercepting your plans.
#diabetes is the crushed juice boxes on the bedside table, glucose tab dust on your fingertips and disrupted sleep patterns.
#diabetes is the 2, 3, 4, 5 a.m washroom visits, as your body tries to flush the sugar and the countless refills of your water jug as you urgently wait to see a lower number flash on the screen.
#diabetes is hard.
#diabetes is never knowing if you're going to be okay. Never knowing when diabetes will take you over, rather than you taking control of it.
#diabetes is a life sentence, given to you with no parole.
#diabetes is facing the repercussions for every single bite that goes into your hungry mouth, constantly paying up for the temporary enjoyment of being 'normal'.
#diabetes is injecting needles into your flesh, like a pin cushion with no relent. Repeatedly giving insulin or drawing blood.
#diabetes is a lot of things. A lot of things that many of us know all to well, but diabetes it now what is on your plate, cup, or bowl.
This November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and with that comes an opportunity to educate and spread awareness about Type 1 Diabetes which is a disease that affects more than 300,000 Canadians.