I was diagnosed with Type One when I was twelve, so skipping the candy part of Halloween was not horrible. I still dressed up and enjoyed the festivities and passed my loot onto others. Today, my heart aches for all those little ones who will enjoy just one piece of candy after a finger prick and extra unit of insulin. But it is just not candy coated holidays that make me think of all these little ones….I think of them every morning when I kiss my boys, every day I send my little one to school, every night when I tuck them in. The constant stress that parents of Type One Diabetics endure is not seen or heard but is in every decision they make. The middle of the night blood sugar checks, the arrangements for school events and activities and snacks and meals, the sporting events and kid activities that can plummet a blood sugar so fast no one knows what is happening. Once a week I read about a child’s life taken too soon because of Type One. This disease is not fair, is not right, does not attack those who have earned it. This disease does not let its victims have a week or a day or an hour of vacation.
I apologize for the depressing blog. I wish you all and your families a safe and fun Halloween and time to enjoy the lovely Fall weather! So, that is what is on my heart today. Those children whose lives were forever changed with a Type One diagnosis. The children who get excited about costumes and festivals and not about testing their blood sugar, keytones or A1C. The children who grow up to be adults who would enjoy an hour or a day or a week of not having to think about their blood sugar. This blog has been a bit of a blur. I am emotional and worn out and hoping my little one will nap today so I can curl up on the couch with a good book.
So, if you know anyone who is willing to part with any of their candy, send them to Tulsa Braces at 45th & Harvard for a fabulous benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It is because of JDRF that there will be a cure one day!
It’s time for the Great Sweet Swap!
From November 1st through 3rd, 8am-5pm at TulsaBraces!
It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Go trick or treating.
2. Trade your leftover candy for prizes and cash!
3. And, enter to win one of the grand prizes!
For every pound of candy you collect, $1 goes to you, $1 goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!