I’ll stand strong
When fluctuations make things go wrong
When my hypos make me weak
Or the hypers are on the peak
When the shots are tough to endure
And it’s difficult to act like a mature
When the finger pricks just don’t stop
And my energy begins to drop
When my sugar levels dictate my food
And the freedom to eat is subdued
When counting calories is part of the day
Keeping carbs out of my way
I know the struggle is lifelong
I’ll stand strong.
I wrote this poem when I was in school. But the images supporting it are very recent. I had been collecting my insulin cartridges since a few years with a wish to make something creative out of them someday. Eli Lilly’s Lispro has been my friend since about 12 years now. I’ve made this creation as a symbol of every diabetic’s strength and endurance. Diabetes cannot stop us! 🙂
For type 1s, diabetes is a bumpy ride, full of ups and downs, highs and lows. The struggle is a routine and may go unnoticed by a lot of people. But initially, it takes a lot of time and effort to make room for the routines and the regular pricks. Gradually, the struggle becomes like a pattern embedded into the daily drill. It’s not easy. My mom says that every T1 is a T1 because they have the strength to deal with it. I believe it’s true.