The top on my list of blessings remains the wonderful friends that living with Diabetes has brought us. These amazing friends have raised equally amazing children. This week I was given the privilege of seeing how incredible these kids can be. I was invited to be a part of a group called "CWD Teens for Change". It is made up of teens who want to give back. They feel that Children With Diabetes Conferences have given them so much that they want to share the experience. They are donating their lunch money, Starbucks money, babysitting money and more so that they can the money required to bring a teen and their family to one of the Friends for Life Conferences.
The enthusiasm that this project has been met with has been overwhelming. It truly makes you proud. Maybe that is why when I first read an article a day or two later in the "Natural News" that I filed it as "not worth my breath". The author tried to make me feel "beaten" as he suggested that feeding my young son milk and my own diet during pregnancy may have caused my son's illness. Its not enough that I have guilt about not recognizing the symptoms of diabetes and having my son come within hours of dying. Nope, I now need to question if I gave up on breast-feeding too early and re-examine what I did or did not eat while I was pregnant. I don't have that kind of energy to waste dude.
So I continued my week deciding not to even mention the article to friends or post it on my website. Who needs this crap? I was happy to see teens doing such amazing things--including my own teen. I would not let Diabetes "beat us". Unfortunately a second
WT???? Yeah, right bud! My son was diagnosed when he was two years old. At that time yes he drank milk and juice. I don't think he had ever had any pop (soda), he never had a milkshake (and I am not sure he even has at 13), and his candy intake was non-existent. He was two and keeping up with his five year old brother. Inactive was not in his vocabulary. I actually wonder if he was too active because he only stopped to sleep!
I know that there is no cure for stupid. I know that we can only keep working to educate and create awareness. We are succeeding in creating caring, generous, and amazing young people. Hopefully we will also begin to succeed in creating more aware and responsible media outlets that allow such garbage to be published.