What 1 piece of advice would you give…

By Courtney | 2 Rookie Marks »

“…my 11 year old daughter who was diagnosed with diabetes a few years back?”

That was the question that was posed to me just a few weeks after I got out of treatment – by a pharmacist in Reno.

That’s a hard question I thought to myself – 1 thing.  1 piece of advice.  She’s the age now that I was when I was diagnosed – some much from those tween years had helped form the rebellion in me against diabetes that led me down a path that took me to treatment.

I stood there and I thought quite hard for several moments.

In the end I told her – I wouldn’t tell your daughter anything – the one piece of advice I would give – I will give to you; for you.

“Let your daughter eat what she wants, just make sure she appropriately doses for it.”

What came next broke my heart.

“Really?!?!” she said “We limit what she can eat – make sure she doesn’t eat sugar or other bad things that cause her blood sugar to rise.”

I reinforced what I had said – but the anger swelled inside my head “seriously! it’s been 20 years since my diagnosis – so much has changed – we know better now!!! why is this miseducation still circulating?!?!?!?!????”

I guess that is why I’ve begun blogging about my trip to The Center for Hope of the Sierras; because even with the advancements in what is known about diabetes and the different ways we can care for it; there’s still a world of miseducation out there – and that old thinking – the old thought processes – are just as destructive today if not moreso than they were 20 years ago.

I think if I hadn’t just stepped out of a residential program regarding my diabetes – my answer might have been different – but based on her response to what I told her – I know I said the right thing.

What advice would you have given?

2 Rookie Marks On What 1 piece of advice would you give…

  1. I appreciate what you had to say. It was not until I was in my mid-20′s and one day my husband told me to enjoy whatever I eat. If I want a piece of cake to sit at the table with a plate and fork and enjoy it. If I want a second piece, have it. After hiding in the bathroom sneaking food for years, this totally liberated me. I no longer had the horrible cravings for “forbidden food” because now nothing was forbidden.
    My parents still don’t understand how as a teen, playing sports, I felt like I was starving on the meal plan that had been given to me at age 8. I wanted to eat normal and enjoy what others did.
    I hope the program works for you as I am still trying to come to terms with my D after 34 years.

    ...said LynnK on June 19th, 2013
  2. I think your advice was perfect!

    Especially since the mom’s logic was questionable at best. If she really said that she “doesn’t eat sugar” then that means she doesn’t have carbs, fruits, milk, etc. Otherwise, she just doesn’t know what she is talking about.

    I’m really glad you’re back to writing!

    ...said Sara on June 21st, 2013

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