The other night as we celebrated a family member’s birthday, Arden’s blood glucose became unexpectedly and dangerously low. The drop seemed to come out of nowhere and it took us by surprise. Arden is fine now though to be honest she was in a precarious position for quite a while last night.
After the incident, one of Arden’s aunts asked me if she could chronicle what she witnessed and post it here on Arden’s site. She said that watching us deal with Arden’s disease in that setting, though she had seen us do it before; offered her pause and a different perspective.
Her offer along with the look on her face gave me this idea...
I think that it would be very interesting to hear from all of you. Aunts, uncles, brothers, mothers, friends, doctors and nurses. If you know Arden you’ve likely seen the effects that type I diabetes has on her and our family - and it is very likely that diabetes has made a personal impression on you. I’m asking you to consider becoming a guest blogger, to take a few moments to share your viewpoint on Arden and her disease with the world.
I am also encouraging readers of the site that don’t know Arden personally, other diabetics and people that know other persons with type I to join in. You all have a unique perspective and I think that it would be fascinating to read what you see, hear, feel and think. As I considered this idea last night; I was struck by the thought that one of Arden’s grandparents for instance is likely having a completely different reaction to Arden’s disease then say my brother does or Kelly’s sister. I want to know what it is like for the people on the periphery of Arden’s Day to know her, how it feels to watch her struggle with type I diabetes and what effect if any her disease has on you.
The first goal of 'Arden’s Day' has always been to make type I diabetes and it’s effects transparent to the readers. It’s my contention that transparency is the truest and speediest path to a cure. Because Arden doesn’t look sick and because many people go to great pains to conceal their diabetes in order to have a more normal life, it is difficult to recruit new advocates, difficult to keep the ones we have, and even more challenging to educate the public on what it really means to have type I diabetes. I am confident that your participation in this venture will help to diminish all of those issues.
Please contact me if you are interested in participating. I am hoping to get a healthy number of responses so I can make this a feature on Arden’s site. I think that your collective writings will be a powerful and educational tool as well as a wonderful addition to 'Arden’s Day'. Everyone is invited to participate: the shy among us can submit a blog using a pen name or anonymously if they like. I hope to hear from you soon!
Thank you as always for your continued support,
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