Is it Really Just Another Tuesday to You???

TuesdayThe choice is yours.  Everyone likes a fresh start, a new beginning.  Each 365 days that come and go allows us to wake up on the morning of a new year, look in the mirror and decide.

What will you decide.

Will you handle your life in a defeatist, nothing will make a difference, the pharma companies are hiding a cure, let someone else do it, my kid will never listen to me anyway, and my life will just be a horrible road of mishaps?

Or will you be like my friend Meri who despite losing her husband in 2012 and having 3 of her 4 children with diabetes still decides that her road ahead will be what she makes it.  It will be tough and she knows it, that does not stop her.  Her smile would melt an iceberg; and she will try to find more smiles this year.

Or will you be like my friend Michelle, who continues to inspire the world despite her tragic loss.  Michelle is a tell-it-like-she-sees-it person and she will tell you how tough it is but in the same breath she will tell you about a ride, or about Jessepalooze, or how special Mile 23 is, will you be like her?  Will you ‘don’t do nothing’, or will you decide to do something a bit nmore this year to make a difference.

I have stated before that wonderful line from the movie Shawshank Redemption; “Get busy living or get busy dying,”  And dying is not literally, but rather your soul, your mind, your efforts, your smile, and what you portray to others.  How will you live in 2013?

So is today Tuesday or is today the opportunity for you to begin again.  To give your child a tad more freedom from the choke-hold you have on them due to their diabetes.  Let them walk to the deli with their friends, let them come home from school and ‘how was your day’ replaces ‘what is your number’ as soon as they enter the door, and let them take control a little bit more. 

Sure it will be hard.  Do you know anything that was really worth a great pay-off that was not hard?  But it will be worth it.

May you have the best 2013, a year for all of us to start again.

Happy New Year—-here we come.

I am a diabetesdad.

Will it Ever Get Better?????

I read a lot.  I read many comments from parents.  I read many comments from people with diabetes.  Many times my heart breaks because they fret over a high or a low and it becomes a hurdle 50 feet high.

You know in baseball, every player makes an out more than they get a hit.  Did you know that?  In the history of the game of baseball not one player who had a full career got a hit more than half the times they were given the chance.  Not one.  Many not even a third.

Many times I want to say to parents that it will get better.  You will find a pattern that you’ll life will fit into.  In most cases; unfortunately, not in all.

But for the majority of those who have a child with diabetes I can tell you that after 20 years the new normal does become that; the new normal.  And a bad day of nothing working out will turn into a day where you can try it over again.  And there will be better days.

Remember this; that no matter whatever anyone elses child did today, yours did it with diabetes.  Celebrate that, because many do not. 

You can LIVE with diabetes or you can live with DIABETES.  Your call.  Now get up to the plate and swing for today.

I’m a diabetesdad.