Thursday, November 14, 2013

World Diabetes Day - Oh, and my birthday!

November 14th is a fun day!

It is Prince Charles' Birthday.

It is Josh Duhamel's Birthday. 

It is my cousin-in-law's birthday.

It is a dear friend's birthday.  And in the weird way that world works, this friend also has a child with type 1 diabetes.

It is my birthday too!  And thanks to my husband, I am celebrating in style with a some pretty accessories and a box of key lime chocolates from Godiva.  I love this man!

Can you tell that I love a good birthday?  Because I do.  I love thinking back to the birth story, celebrating the accomplishments and even adding a fun little trivia with who else was born on this day.

Which brings me to my calendar.  I have a big blue circle around the 14th. 

That is because today also marks another occasion.... World Diabetes Day. 

And sadly, with today comes the acknowledgement of two other families (that I know of, although I am sure there are many, many more) remembering their diaversaries. 

When I woke up this morning, instead of thinking only about my own special day, I thought about the others... the ones that are fighting this disease. 

Because what is most odd is that I am not the one who is dealing with the highs and the lows, the pokes, the tests, the swings and many more pokes.  I am just a mom.  With a regular birthday.  And one who will be able to eat some Godiva chocolate without testing my blood sugar or taking insulin.

The truth is that this day marks something rather extraordinary... and that is the world uniting together to draw a line in the sand and say "ENOUGH!  WE NEED A CURE FOR TYPE 1 DIABETES"!  Stand up for children (and adults) and demand that they no longer need to spend their birthdays - and every other day - counting carbs, testing blood sugar, receiving 8-10 daily finger pokes, injections, infusion changes, and insulin dosing. 

Which makes my birthday wish this: 

Please wear blue today to unite together and to show the world the need for a cure.  For all of us.

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