During our final dinner at JDRF Government Day last week Jeffery Brewer gave a speech that quickly brought tears to my eyes. Parts of it have continued to run through my mind all week. I know I don’t have this down word for word, but I wanted to share the gist what he said.
Imagine your doctor diagnoses you with chronic illness. He tells you “We have this medicine that you must take. However, if you take too much it could be fatal. On the other hand, taking too little can, over time, lead to some very serious complications. Also the amount you should take depends on what you are eating. Your dose is also effected by factors such as stress, how much sleep you got, if you are getting sick, and the amount of physical activity you’ve done. Further more, you can eat the same things at the same times with the same amount of activity and take the same dose two days in a row, and the results can be completely different. So . . . . good luck with that.”
If you are or care for a person with diabetes, you know that this is our life. But I find I don’t really stop and think about it all that often. When I go back and reread that paragraph I just typed, it sounds completely preposterous. And yet, this is our lives with diabetes. This is how hard we work every day, and how uncertain and fragile our management really is. I’m not sure we give ourselves enough credit for all we do to stay healthy. So today, I want to give you a huge pat on the back and tell you that YOU ROCK!