Listing 6 things they want everyone to know about Type1 Diabetes. So I'm jumping on the bandwagon too!
1. There is nothing Bryson, Josh, Me or anyone else could have done to cause Bryson to have Diabetes.He didn't eat too much sugar, not take him vitamins, drink baby formula, he doesn't weigh too much or too little. There is nothing we could have done to prevent it.
2. Insulin keeps him alive. If he went without insulin, he would DIE. Point blank. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. Insulin was created in 1920something, before that people literally died of starvation. That is just awful.
3.He can eat whatever he wants..We try to not deprive him of anything. Everything is okay in moderation, like it should be for everyone. Can he gorge himself on a dozen doughnuts? NO! But neither should I! We just have to cover whatever he eats with insulin.
4.Insulin helps, but is not a CURE! There is no cure for diabetes right now. Hopefully with more fundraising to benefit research..and more research there will one day be a cure. Finding a cure for cancer is at the top of many many kids (and parents) Christmas lists.
5. People do die from diabetes. It is a very serious invisible illness. A few teens have died already this year from Dead in the Bed syndrome. Basically there blood sugar dropped during the night. This is one reason we do at least one check a night, and where the CGM will be a huge help. Living with diabetes can also cause blindness, chrohns disease, kidney failure, and lots of others.
6.This is forever. Bryson will live with diabetes forever (unless a miracle cure is found). He will prick his finger at least 6 times a day, give himself shots or be dependent on a pump, having major medical costs, count carbs and deal with high/low blood sugars for the rest of his life. His kids will be at a higher risk to have diabetes as well.
These are just a few things I want people to know. There are thousands of other things, but there is no point overwhelming people like that..we d-parents and grandparents and friends are overwhelmed enough..