Superpower Day. If you had a superpower – what would it be? How would you use it?
Wait . . . . what? What do you mean IF I had a superpower? Come on now, I DO have a superpower. I am Pancreas Girl!!!
I stand in for a human organ 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and I’ve been doing it for over 32 years (with some help from my superhero parents when I was younger). I’m able to leap high blood sugars in a single bound - with a correction bolus or two. I fight the evils of low blood sugars that are trying to knock me out - with my trusty juice box by my side. My super-girl gadget belt holds my pump, meter, insulin, snacks, and spare pump and CGM supplies - it gets pretty heavy but I don’t let it stop me from soaring to great heights. My arch enemies are The Diabetes Police - those nasty villains who try to bring me down by assaulting me with horror stories about what happened to their relatives with diabetes while they judge each bite I put in my mouth. And my kryptonite, of course, is my blasted immune system that chose to kill off my poor little islet cells.
Yup, I am a SuperHero - even on those days when the load is heavy and I don't feel super at all!! If you live with diabetes or another chronic illness, or any major health concern for that matter, you are a SuperHero too! Fly high and fight the good fight, my super-friends.