Today is World Diabetes Day. It's one of our favorite days because the nation goes blue in honor of diabetes awareness. Our kids always have a blast looking at pictures of some of the largest buildings in our nation light up in honor of a family member they are close to. We love our Dad and husband and couldn't imagine our life without him. His diabetes isn't his life, and it doesn't define who he is. There are so many other titles and badges that he wears.
But it does explain our family. It explains the moments when he puts a new pump site in at the kitchen table with the kids sitting around doing homework and they ask if it hurts to put a new one in. It explains the every three month charges that appear on our credit card with words like "Tegaderm," "infusion sets" and "Humalog." It explains the heaviness in your chest when you go to start a business and realize that the health and life insurance costs on him alone will come pretty close to matching the mortgage you pay on your home. It explains the moments that you take the kids to the park, calling it a "family outing" because Dad is at home with a high blood sugar headache and hugging the toilet--desperately needing a break from the noise that fills our home.
Currently, over 371 million people are living with diabetes with numbers across the world rising. The United States currently has the third highest rate of diabetes in the world. Half of those who die of diabetes will do so under the age of 60. (That's depressing to me).
One of the great things about diabetes are all the advancements being made and it's in part thanks to those who raise awareness and donate. Such great strides are being made.
On World Diabetes Day, look for some great events happening in your area.
Or, head to one of the over 1,000 monuments world wide that will light up blue in honor of diabetes awareness. We love seeing pictures and video of places like Seattle Stadium, the Capital and Washington light up in blue! You can find a great map here that lists blue lighting events happening in your area.
Countdown to World Diabetes Day by Diabetes Mine