Amy Tenderich

Today is my birthday* -- always a good time to reflect on life and our place in it. I've been aware lately that as I approach my 12-years-with-diabetes mark, it slips my mind sometimes (sort of).

 

 

SOMETIMES I FORGET...

Diabetes Birthday Cake

That I’m not ‘normal’ like other people…

Sometimes I just start eating without thinking about glucose testing or dosing – with dire consequences, of course!

 

That I am, per definition, not healthy…

I am grateful to be feeling fit and rested most of the time these days (thanks to kids old enough to sleep through the night!). So I don’t think of myself as ‘sick,’ except on the really bad D-days.

That I am best known for having a broken pancreas…

When you were younger, you always wondered if you’d ever get your ‘day in the sun.’ I just never thought mine would be as a poster child for LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults). Now I hate it when old friends Google me.

 

That it’s an anomaly to do your disease for a living…

Manny Hernandez, Kerri Sparling and I have bonded on this one. Who gets to focus on their biggest health issue, which has also become a huge passion, for their day job? Lucky us (I think).

 

That SO MANY people out there living with diabetes are just grappling with the basics, and trying to keep on top of this disease financially…

I try never to forget this, but there are moments when I’m wrapped up in discussions on less-than-ideal smartphone apps or lack of device interoperability when I forget to reflect on how these are ‘first world problems’ of the privileged.

 

That my kids are tuned into my health issues…

But not in a bad way. My girls tell me they sometimes gasp in horror when they see other moms drinking sugary drinks or eating sweet baked goods; they tell me they’ve developed this innate sense that all moms have diabetes and gluten-intolerance. So maybe these challenges are helping my kids to remember just how fortunate most people are to have fully functioning, healthy bodies.

 

That getting older is inevitable...

Silly, I know, but don't you sometimes feel like 'old' is something that happens to other people? My mom, who is now 80, still likes to say, 'I'm 26 in my head.' Yes, old is a state of mind. But I sure wish my body would play along and stop changing in undesirable ways.

 

That birthday wishes can indeed come true...

...if you make yourself part of the solution, that is. I'm not idealistic enough to wish for a cure, but I do wish for a 'functional cure' very soon. I'm doing my darnedest to support the smart people making the smart technology that could make this wish come true.

Think Happy Thoughts

 

Happy Spring 2015 Everyone, and thank you for supporting our work here at DiabetesMine for over 10 years now!

 

- Amy Tenderich

Editor & Chief Bottle-Washer

 

(*Diabetes Birthday cake of unknown origin on the Internet, appearing to stem from the UK -- thank you, mystery baker!)

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