"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Big "D"-----101

juvenile diabetes, insulin dependent diabetes, type 1, type 2, sugar-diabetes, diabetes. No matter how you wrap it up, what ever words you use, what ever name you assign it....it sucks. It will change your life forever, and the lives of all of those around you, all who care for and about you. It will affect every decision you make....right or wrong, good, bad, and ugly. There are things you can do to control it, deny it, and accept it. But it will always be there patiently waiting to take something away from you, one little bit at a time. At first it might be your eyesight, things just aren't as clear as they used to be, or worse complete darkness. Or it might be your circulation, cold toes and other woes. Then your nervous system, heart beating out of sync. balance issues, digestive problems, numb feet and legs. Coupled with the circulation problem you may even lose a limb. And when you least expect it, when you think you are hanging on, getting by, heart attack. You didn't even feel it happening. Just an odd sense of doom and then darkness. Take, take, take, that is what this disease does......a little bit at a time. It has taken much from me, and I have watched so many lose so much. It happened again today. It took away one of my best friends mom. She was way too young. She was so strong. She fought so hard but in the end this disease will win, no matter how you look at it, it always does. Fly free Tam, in peace and love.

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