I have diabetes. Many of you already know that. Many of you probably knew at one point, but maybe forgot because I don't tend to blog about it all that often. And many of you probably didn't know at all. But yes, I have diabetes and it touches my life every day, in every thing I do.
I've spent quite some time struggling to write this post. I don't know how to find the words to describe what having diabetes means to me. At times, it's just a "routine" . . . I take my insulin injections, I test my blood, I measure out my food and I exercise. It's part of my day, just as taking a shower or brushing my teeth is. At other times, it's the toughest thing I've ever dealt with. I can be going along, doing everything I'm supposed to, and BAM! My blood sugar crashes, I can't think straight and I'm a shaky mess. Another day, I've done the exact some routine, and WHOA! A very high blood sugar reading. There are so many variables of life that affect diabetes. Stress, hormones, physical exertion and so many other little factor most of us never need to think about. Diabetics learn to keep a close eye on themselves and try to factor in every detail of their day.
But you know what? I consider myself pretty lucky to have diabetes. Diabetes is not the death sentence it once was, or that many other diseases still are today. I am amazed at the advances that have been made even in my lifetime, since my diagnosis over 25 years ago. Yes, it is very hard work, but if you put in the effort, you see the results.
I'm not the kind of person who likes to ask for help. I'm more of a "do it myself" kind of girl. But there are times when we all need help, and today is one of those days. Today I am more than happy to ask for help, because the cause is so good. In October, I'll be participating in the ADA's Walk for Diabetes. In all honesty, I'm not walking for myself. I don't really believe that a cure will be found in my lifetime. I don't mean to sound defeated or hopeless, but there comes a time when you have to accept your lot and make the best of it. A cure in my lifetime would be fabulous, but I can't live my life waiting for that day.
What I do believe is that, bottom line, a cure will be found. I know there are children out there who are just being diagnosed today, or will be diagnosed in the near future. And I believe with every fiber of my being that a cure will be found in THEIR life-time. It is for them that I am walking, and for them that I am asking your help. If you are able, please click the button below and make a pledge to the Walk-A-Thon.
I'd like to be able to give something back to you all to thank you for your contributions, so I'm going to have a drawing and give out some prizes. Since I am asking for help from the Knit Blog community, I thought it would be really nice if the prizes could also help the Knit Blog community. To that end, I have begun ordering things from fellow bloggers who have started their own little businesses. First up, is the lovely skein of sock yarn, called Pansy, that Christine was kind enough to donate from her Fingerpaints shop. (THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHRISTINE!!!)I've also got a Gettin' Knit Together kit on order from Knit 'n Plenty, and am working with Scout on a special colorway. I've got my eye on a few other prizes around blogland, and will be talking more about each of these in the up-coming weeks. Once the Walk-A-Thon is over, I will hold a raffle for everyone who was kind enough to make a donation and hand out the loot! I also encourage you to spread the word on your own blog, if you are so inclined.