A poem for Diabetes Awareness Month: What others don’t see

Editor’s note: This poem was written in the last few months during a particularly rough patch of diabetes management that I was experiencing. Diabetes can become unruly and difficult to control when anything else in life comes up – stress, an infection, etc. As we celebrate November’s Diabetes Awareness Month, I chose this poem to share because I think it is important we look at the many ways living with a challenging condition like diabetes can make us feel and be honest about the emotions we sometimes experience. If you are a friend or family member, you can rest well knowing I do not struggle like this daily. And if you know someone that has diabetes, show your support by checking in with that person once in a while. Let them know you care. Thank you.

homage to the fruit salad lightshow
c@rljones / Foter / CC BY-NC
What others don’t see


You don’t see how much I struggle

How scared I really am

How much this condition affects me

And how I’m really looking for people to understand

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Diabetes, I am sorry… (a poem inspired by Diabetes Art Day)

Diabetes Art Day was on Monday this week. Unbeknownst to me, as I sat down with a pencil and paper, I had a few things to say. Five poems quickly poured out of me in a short period of time. This may be the one I resonate with on the deepest level. Continue reading

Diabetes: a 2nd poem for you! (in honor of Diabetes Art Day)

As requested, here is another one of the poems I wrote for Diabetes Art Day yesterday. Read this post to read another one of my poems and learn more about Diabetes Art Day and my experience with it. I ended up writing about five poems for the occasion so I will be sharing one with you almost every day this week! Continue reading

Diabetes Art Day 2012: my experience


Hello and good morning! I posted Saturday on the Facebook page for Diabetes Light about Diabetes Art Day.  I welcomed you to join in this exciting event. How many of you are participating? It is not too late. Lee Ann Thill, founder of Diabetes Art Day, says it can be a healing experience and it sure was for me! Continue reading