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Monday, May 16, 2016

Of Applesauce and Advocacy



Message Monday - Monday 5/16


Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog?


It happened the other day in the applesauce aisle of the grocery store... as all good advocacy stories do.  I was delighting in all the clearance deals on my son's favourite apple sauce. She seemed to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of flavours available.  We made some small talk about applesauce when she dropped this bit of deliciousness in my lap:

"My son told me not to buy him apple sauce because he doesn't want to get diabetes."

Um... What?

She was quick to add, "I mean, it runs in my family.  I have it.  Type 2, that is."

I told her about Elise, and as we spoke some more, I showed her how I can see Elise's BG on my watch.  It was 71.

"Kind of low," she commented.  I let her know I was in contact with the nurse and the low had been treated.

"Couldn't she, you know... stop the low before it happens?  Maybe eat a handful of nuts. Or eat a snack every two hours?"

These were honest, genuine questions.  From a person who seemed eager to dispense some (what she thought was) helpful advice.

I told her that type 1 was different, and that my daughter would have to be psychic to ward off lows.  Sometimes they come out of nowhere.  We can do the same thing day after day, and get different results. And that everything (EVERYTHING) can affect her blood sugar, right down to the colour shorts she's wearing that day.  

Kidding... I think.

The woman then commented she didn't know type 1 was so involved and thanked me for the information.

And I guess that is why I still blog.

In the beginning there was an amazing group of mom and a few dads that were part of the blogosphere.  And a lot of it was about support, and community, and same-same.  I craved it and needed it at the start.

But as we continued our journey and the number of D-'rents blogging fell off, it became less about community, and more about sharing our story.  Hoping that friends would read it, and understand more about our life.  Wanting strangers to read it and know that they're going to be okay. 

I feel like I have a tale to tell, and if it helps just one person, then that's all I need.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing that story! I'm glad you were able to educate her, I admit I'm not always that patient. I really hope non-D people read these blogs...education is so important...thanks!

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  2. I blog for all of that, I think....the "me too" and needing to tell our story. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Your blog has always been one of my favorites. I learned how to take care of myself by reading about you learning how to take care of Elise. I'm glad you wrote!

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  4. Knowing you and your family, and hearing your stories, have definitely helped me. I can wait to see you in a couple months!!

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  5. I love reading your stuff. Always have, always will.

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  6. Nice to meet someone who's curious without beings overbearing

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  7. So many people are quick to assume it's type 2. I think you handled that situation really positively, thanks for sharing your story!

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  8. Advocacy in the grocery store is a more common occurrence than I ever thought it would be! Glad she was receptive.

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