Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Letter Writing Day

Letter writing day - Tuesday 5/10: In February the Wego Blog Carnival asked participants to write letters to their condition.  You can write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further.  How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them.  How about a letter to a pretend (or again, not so pretend) meter or pump company telling them of the device of your dreams?  Maybe you’d like to write a letter to your child with diabetes.  Or a letter from your adult self to the d-child you were.  Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling.
 Dear little Beth,

Yeah. Having diabetes sucks. Yeah. You are having to grow up pretty quick. Yeah. You are going to feel different from your friends and family. But you know what? There WILL come a day when you eagerly tell people about your life with diabetes. There will come a time when you won't be embarrassed about being different and you embrace your uniqueness. Please, little Beth, don't wait too long. Please take your insulin, even though it may hurt. Please check your blood sugar, even though it is a "hassle". Please don't ignore that you have diabetes so you fit in more. Please try to be open to making more friends with diabetes. They will be your support.

If you don't, there will be a day that you wonder if your past decisions are the cause of your current heartache and you won't have any way to change it. So please please please. Pretty please. Pretty please with a cherry on top. Please don't ignore diabetes to fit in better or for your own comfort and ease. Your future is counting on you.

I love you, little Beth, even if you don't.
"Adult" Beth

PS  Don't worry about what those other people think. The people who matter will love you for who you are.

PPS  If there is a chance of rain, wear a raincoat.


1 comment:

  1. Ah "More Aged Beth"...please don't regret any management decisions that were made when Younger Beth" was little. Thinking of you...that part got to me.