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my top 10 things despised about diabetes…

10.  the food industry’s—and therefore society’s belief—that chemically-laden, “sugar free” foods are  better for people with diabetes

9.  the general public’s misconceptions and misunderstandings about the causes of and treatments for T1

8.  the pain… of finger pricks 10 times per day, of infusion set changes, of the sting of insulin delivery

7.  the stopping… of play, particularly, so that the management of T1 can be accommodated

6.  the frustration I feel when reading the Diasend pie chart data, which constantly indicates that Madeline’s “BG above target” occurs more than 50% of the time

5.  the demand for sound problem-solving in the middle of the night, at least twice, and sometimes as often as every two hours overnight

4.  the exhaustion… from continuously interrupted sleep, relentless hypervigilence, and ceaseless thinking that comes with T1

3.  the heartache caused by Madeline having to miss out on childhood’s “little things” such as not being able to go to a friend’s house for a playdate without me

2.  the worry about life-long impact on Madeline’s health and emotional well-being… if we are already seeing the overt effects now, at her tender age of 7, what will it be like for her when she’s 16, 29, 43, 56…?

1.  the challenge of teaching Madeline the intricate science and art of managing T1…the challenge of teaching her that T1 is a part of her, but does not define who she is…the challenge of showing her that her life can and will be fully lived even with T1 as a passenger


About Heather Garcia Queen

I am… a mother of 3 spectacular children. A wife of an architect extraordinaire. An MSW. A psychologist in an elementary school. A (wishful) writer. A protector of family and spirit. A worshipper of the natural world. A seeker of knowledge. A lover of the arts. An introvert. A silver-lining kind of girl.


4 thoughts on “top 10

  1. I think my top least-favorite is how much attention I pay to diabetes, at the expense of paying attention to my actual child(ren).

    Posted by Katy | 04/29/2012, 4:30 pm


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