Here's a new theme idea for National Diabetes Awareness Month: making peace with your illness. For those of us who already have diabetes, expanded public awareness is nice to have, but doesn't necessarily change anything. This train of thought brought me back to my oldest daughter's little challenge a few years ago... kids are wonderful for making you look at things through fresh eyes:
A Brassy Little Game
"Would you rather spend two days in the boys' locker room, or get slimed?" my 9-yr-old asks.
"Would You Rather...?" is her new game.
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"Would you rather get 100 cupcakes with icing — even if you can't eat them — or get your diabetes cured?"
"Oh, easy," I say. "Cure the diabetes."
"But Mom, then you wouldn't have that cool blog, and be writing that book, and doing that newspaper thing for dLife, and all that, right?"
She actually said that. I froze (mid-silverware-basket).
"Yeah, you're right, honey. I guess I really can't imagine where my life would be right now without the diabetes — although my body could sure do without it."
What a brassy little game.