Please cheer for my daughter Brooke
who joins us for this special
Tuesday edition @theBookBoost!
Tuesday edition @theBookBoost!
Typically, I don't put images or personal information about my children online. But in this case, I think it is so important to share the thoughts of my daughter Brooke with you. She's 11 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1, Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 2. She's battled this monster through many highs and lows and wants to share her thoughts with you today.
Please give her your support by commenting and even more so by coming out to bid or helping to promote the diabetes auction for a cure currently ongoing through the end of May (details at the bottom of this post). Just think what a cure would mean to Brooke and the other thousands of children just like her. Thanks in advance for your support.
TBB: Welcome, Brooke. What a joy to have you visit Mom here at the Book Boost. Can you tell us your first memory of having diabetes?
Brooke: I honestly don't have a "first memory" of diabetes. I was only 2 years old when I was diagnosed and it really just seems like something that has always been there. I have brief flashes of my Dad and my Aunt Leigh and my grandparents visiting me in the hospital but that's it.
TBB: I'm glad you don't remember more of that hospital stay. It was a harrowing ordeal for all of us. You spent nearly a week in the hospital and about three days of that in the Pediatric ICU. For a day or so, you didn't even recognize me. I will never forget that scary time but I'm so glad you're doing well now. That was a big challenge for me, to learn how to take care of you with all the injections and finger sticks. What's your biggest daily challenge when it comes to living with diabetes?
Brooke: It sometimes can be annoying or frustrating to have to take time out of sleepovers or get out of the pool or wake up at 3:00 in the morning to check my sugar or eat a snack. Sometimes I have to stay home from school because of a high sugar and it makes me feel sick. But I'm thankful that I don't have to worry about a bigger illness such as cancer. When I see the kids on those St. Jude's Hospital commercials--I'm thankful.
TBB: Wow. That makes me both proud of you and sad at the same time. Proud that you realize there are others in the world who suffer more. And sad that you still have to suffer at all. Sigh. So, on the flip side, does having diabetes offer you any rewards?
Brooke: Yes. It has been an interesting experience even though it has been tough for me and my whole family. Because for the average person out there, your really don't know that much about diabetes. Most people think they know because they see commercials on television but those are for Type 2 diabetes which is completely different. I consider myself lucky to be so well educated on a disease such as this and I've taken an interest in the medical side of it. I have dreams of studying endocrinology in college.
TBB: Well, of course, I'll be proud of whatever field you choose to study but...a doctor? A scientist? A diabetes educator? Those would be very noble fields to choose. Speaking of your future, what do you think is the future of diabetes?
Brooke: One word. CURE. All I can do is pray that God will bless us and give us the power to find a cure. If one scientist can find a cure it would change the lives of not just me but of the millions of people worldwide who suffer daily.
TBB: I agree. There has to be hope. Do you play an active role in the future of diabetes right now?
Brooke: Yes. Myself and my family have donated money to both the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Diabetes Research Institute. I hope to work in the medical field one day. But mostly, these days, I pray for a cure. That's all I can really do.
TBB: Sometimes that's enough. Do you think diabetes has shaped you into the person you are today?
Brooke: I definitely wouldn't know as much about this disease if I didn't have it. I wouldn't be as considerate of the cause. And I think, in general, it makes me more sensitive to others in every way because I know what it feels like to be different.
TBB: How do you think your life would be different if you'd never faced this challenge?
Brooke: I think my life might be easier in some ways but I wouldn't be as strong a person. It doesn't bother me to have diabetes because I still consider myself mostly the same as anyone else but I have a uniqueness that makes me truly special.
TBB: Yes, you do. And yes you are...very special.
Thanks for being brave and for taking the time out of your homework to answer these questions for us. Now, get back to studying! (Mom humor.)
Okay, folks. Now you see what we live with every day in our home. Won't you come out and support the cause? Spread the word about the auction. Make a bid on an item or two. Consider making a cash contribution to research. Plan to donate an item next year.
Anything you can do will help--no matter how big or small--any help is appreciated.
Check out the fabulous auction here through May 31st:
Don't forget...anyone who bids, comments, or shares information about my Tuesday Diabetes features is entered to win 2 Dozen Autographed books--just for hanging out with me and helping promote such a worthy cause (details below).
Until next Tuesday, I remain...
Diabetes Mom, Author,
and Owner of The Book Boost
This lot includes autographed books from authors such as Lori Wilde, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Susan Mallery and many more! All new, all autographed and all just for you.
Contest runs from May 1st through May 31st. Winner announced in early June here at the blog. You must post a comment on any Tuesday's post during the month of May to enter. Be sure to leave your contact information so we can reach you if your name is chosen as the winner.