With special apologies to Clement Moore. I present a tradition……an updated, ‘Twas the Night Before D-Christmas for 2016
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with prayer,
In hopes that Santa would bring the cure with him this year.
The children were nestled from head to their feeties,
While thoughts in their head were no more diabetes.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, she prayed for the cure too,
A dad still wonders what else could he do.
Remembering this year; the so much good and fun,
Seems monthly there was news at Beyond Type1.
Away to the news to see who was a hero of fire,
It’s those who live with T1D who really inspire
As costs continue to rise on everyone’s supply,
So many wonder how they’ll get by.
D-bloggers continue to write of these capers,
It certainly can’t be left to all the newspapers.
While many wrote of Santa’s goodies in his sack
Many doing much more like those from dPac.
To those with diabetes these really are not funny,
You’re playing with lives; it’s not about money.
As parents search for the docs and schools that really do care,
So much about this disease just doesn’t seem fair.
But as we turn and realize the continual fear,
I have some wishes for so many during this year.
When you look outside at the fresh fallen snow,
Or out at the sea where cold you don’t know,
Think of those who inspire and soon you’ll see,
Those things have changed in the past and will continue to be.
Innovations like getting supplies to those in foreign lands,
There is Life of a Child, IDF, and a Foundation of Hands.
There were great ideas to help our kids remember,
Of those in the fight like Project Blue November.
We work very hard for a managed d-Life to be,
And there is much help like at CWD.
There was JDRF/Medtronic approved hybrid closing the loop,
And ADA’s Dancing Steps was really a scoop.
There are innovations and those like Tide Pool
And DRI’s BioHub news continue to gain fuel.
There are so many camps that continue to say,
Spend a week with us for an even better today.
From Faustman, ViaCyte an IRB survey from Glu,
Stopping missed diagnosis to end candles of blue.
So as the year ends and criticisms comes quick,
Good things will come, and not all from St. Nick.
So listen carefully as you think of all that is run,
There is so much more work that needs to be done.
Don’t leave it to others; it’ll be just a few,
“Don’t do nothing” is what you really must do.
And if you think you’re done, tired, and feeling sort of sore,
Think of your loved one with diabetes, it’ll make you do more.
And if not for you, it will be for their sake,
We will stop all when only they get a break.
And then, in a twinkling, one day we’ll hear on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
And the only thing needed is Santa’s toy bag for sure,
When diabetes is gone because of a cure.
So we will all continue to work, the ‘where’ is up to you,
But you have to make the decision on something you’ll do.
And one day we’ll scream and exclaim, “diabetes is gone from sight,”
The Happiest Christmas ever, and to all a good-night!
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