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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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You are your best support

Scott Benner

There are a few links in this piece to past blogs, I think that all together they make today’s point very well.


I could without a doubt write a piece on how my wife is my greatest support system, I could also make the case for mysister in law who is our only babysitter, the people that frequent this blog, oh or the donors to Arden’s JDRF walk, my friends that ask how I am, the nurses at school, Arden’sOmniPod - I could definitely make a case for the people at Insulet...


However, as I thought about today’s Blog Week topic, “Your biggest supporter” I couldn’t imagine giving any of those people more of my gratitude then the other.  They all play a vital role in me not losing my mind.  Instead, I want to talk for a second about you...  you are your best support system.


Type I is horrible and I, just like many of you, have a complete and searing notion of what it means for my daughter to have it.  While it is true that I would have likely fallen to pieces ten times over without the people in my life, it is also true that I am ultimately responsible for how I react to the world around me.  I know people that succumb to the drama far too easily and it’s my assertion that some do it quite willingly.  Our children’s health is far too important for us to give in to the feeling that we can’t, don’t want to or just shouldn’t have to deal with type I diabetes.  You can, you will and fair has nothing to do with this.


Before I had children I thought about what it would be like a lot. I may be different then some men but I was very much looking forward to having a family.  I imagine that everyone has that noble thought before they have kids, you know the one, that you’ll do anything for them.  You imagine that you’d step in front of a car if it meant saving their little lives.  Funny thing is, many of us don’t live up to that noble thought and when push comes to shove, far too many let that metaphorical car run their kids over.  


If the pilgrims can make it to Plymouth Rock and forge out this country, you can pull back your $200 comforter and check a BG at 3am.  Things are only ever as bad as you let them be.  


You are tougher then you think, more able then you can imagine and you can do this.  Sleep is for the weak and stress only effects those that let it.  If you remain positive, your resilience will be endless... then you’ll be your own best support system.  Those other people in your life will all just be icing on a cake that makes your kids BGs go crazy.


That’s about as chicken soup for the souly as I get...  Go kick some type I ass.


Thanks again to Karen at for hosting this fantastic week of diabetes blogging!  Head over there to see countless other blogs about the topics that I’ve covered... all likely far better then mine.


If you missed my other additions to blog week... my day one blog is here and day two is here.



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Great post!  Beautifully done.  I agree that we all need to believe in our own power and rely less on other people dictating our worth.  We still have love and support from others but we are in charge of our own destiny.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 01:35 PM