Let’s Try to Extinguish at Least ONE Blue Candle……You In?

Blue flame extinguishedYesterday was an incredible day.   Sad.  But incredible none-the-less.   People responded, people offered help, and people said “I am ready”. 

After reading what so many shared were ‘close calls’, and also reading that more needs to be done than just write about it; I would like to ask people to do the following: 
1. Please write down your story and send/email it to me at karlya@optonline.net
2. Please include a picture of your child.
3. By doing so you are agreeing for the story to be shared in Washington.
4. In the subject, write “My Story” so I know what it is.
5. If YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE who stated that you are heading to Washington and are willing to share the stories of those who had close calls or lost this battle;  email me and write Washington in the subject line.

I will connect those who are going to DC with those who send me the stories.

To those who have graciously stated they will bring the stories to DC; PLEASE MAKE SURE you work through the details of the organization sponsoring the trip that your efforts are part of their agenda and not contrary to what they are asking you to do. 

So we will do something.  Those who bring the stories with them to Washington will let me know what happened and I will share with you. 

To those going to DC: We want the stories told but we also want action.  Ask those congressional and senate leaders you meet with who can help with a policy change to, at the very least, help us learn who can lead the way in getting something as simple as a urine test implemented in these such cases.

To all: we can talk, discuss, and vent alone or we can act.  Please share this with others.  I choose to ‘not do nothing’…..do you?

I am a diabetes dad.

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Maybe it’s Your Attitude!!!!!

What’s next for your child?  Or what is next for you?

I was with someone recently who stated that their lives were spent with endless trips to the hospital and missing school and endless trips to the doctor’s office.  Their lives were a mess.  A single mom, hard to find work, she blamed everyone.  “I was NEVER happy, never.”

But it all changed.

I asked what transpired that caused the change and she answered, “me.”

She went on to explain that she was always so negative and ‘letting diabetes win’.  “Every time something happened I took it as just another defeat.  Another way that ‘diabetes was trying to kill me’.  My entire life was in defeat.  It was almost easier to live like that all the time.

She stated that she always wondered why some kids do so well and others are always sick and in the hospital and why “…….I am always so miserable?  I decided to make a change”. 

I stated that sometimes diabetes is like that and it can get tough.  She stated that it became unacceptable.  “We had no life”.   “Diabetes, diabetes, diabetes….my life was an endless woe.  I got tired of it.”

If diabetes was going to throw something at us, we would try harder, and harder, and harder.  The attitude of ‘…whatever happens will happen…’ was totally unacceptable.  We decided to take control.  We still had times that things went haywire but the days missed in school became less, a lot less; the trips to the hospital became almost non-existent; and life became bearable.  “I took control.”

I could not resist to ask; “Wait a minute, your lives completely changed just by a change in attitude? You just said, ‘This can be changed’, just like that?”

“Absolutely.  I lifted my head up and after watching me, my child started working right along side of me.  Things got better, and quickly.  We still hit road  bumps, we all have road bumps…but our lives were so much better.”

How is your attitude?

I am a diabetes dad