Friday, May 18, 2012

Today is day number five - 'What They Should Know'

All Will Be Well

I really wanted to write a post about facts. What I want people to know about diabetes. All about insulin, and control and the pump and well, all of it. It seems many of the D-bloggers this week have covered far more eloquently and succinctly than I could ever hope to do.

What I would like to tell someone that doesn't have diabetes, about living with diabetes, is that all will be well.

Yes, you read it right. All will be well.
It's one of my favorite sayings.

It means it is fine with my soul. There is a wonderful hymn that sings...

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

I'm not even that religious, but this hymn always resonates with me. It is well with my soul. Whatever happens, it will be OK. The trials, the tribulations, all of it, the acceptance will come. And acceptance allows me to move forward.

It doesn't mean I don't work like a dog to change things. It doesn't mean that I don't want the best for my daughter and her Type 1.

Let me be clear - I am nowhere near a Pollyanna. I don't always look at the bright side of life (quick - someone start singing the Monty Python tune!) I don't think things are rosy and all good and everything is just hunky-dory about living with Type 1.

I want to tell someone that no matter, all will be well.

If she lives a long life with diabetes, with no complications, all will be well.
If she lives a long life with diabetes, and ends up with complications, we will deal with it, and all will be well.
If she has a low, and we have to stop and treat, and has to not be the same as her other friends, we will get through it by talking and talking and going for a long walk to clear our minds and heads, and all will be well.
If she has a high and we have to dose, change a Pod site, inject via syringe, check for ketones, while it may take a while, we will do it because we have to, and in the end, it will all be well.
If the teenage years bring resistance and tension, conflict and strife, struggles with diabetes care, we will set a course, sail our ship, try to right our sails and in the end, it all will be well.
If she becomes a grandmother herself, with babies to rock, and she still is attached to her pump and there is no cure, all will be well.

That's what I want to say. For me, in the end, it will all be well with my soul.


shannon said...


Sara said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that hymn!

k2 said...

Amazing post filled with boatloads of hope & GRACE~

Tricia said...

Well said. I enjoyed your post!

Anonymous said...

You may not be a Pollyanna (I don't even know what that is really, but I get the gist) but you have a great, balanced perspective that doesn't give power to the beast that diabetes is. I love you for that (any many other reasons too).

Minnesota Nice said...

That was so very cool. I have a plaque that says "trust life", which to me is a similar message.

Amy Lederer said...

I'm way behind on my blog reading and seldom comment anymore (simply just lazy), but I read this and cried. I agree with Lo, balanced. I know Pollyanna. ;) And would totally agree. The realness makes you powerful and strong and why I come to your blog over and over. But it's so good to read things like this at times. To have that resolve. That's what I strive for. I'm sorry I didn't get to see you this week. It was such a whirlwind trip for us. But I live in Balto now and maybe someday we can meet. Thank you for this blog.