Today marks the 30th of November. Today marks the final day of Diabetes Awareness Month. Today, I feel like I should be writing something grand to wrap it all up. Today I feel like I, along with the rest of the Diabetes Online Community, should be applauded for all of the energy put into November.
Tomorrow, as I turn over another page of the calendar, my focus will likely shift.
Tomorrow will mark the first day of Summer. Tomorrow, I will need to seriously get thinking about a birthday gift for my brother. Tomorrow, I will need to begin that dreaded task of Christmas shopping. Tomorrow, I will need to start my long overdue ritual of decking out our patio in Christmas lights. And tomorrow, I will begin dreaming of the beach, the tennis and winding down for the year.
However tomorrow, I will still have diabetes. Tomorrow, you will still have, or will still be affected by diabetes. And tomorrow, many more people will be diagnosed with, and will be newly affected by diabetes.
Tomorrow, I will still need to check my blood sugar level ten times. Tomorrow, I will still need to give more than just the four insulin shots my doctors prescribe. Tomorrow, I will still need to count the carbs in the foods I choose to eat. Tomorrow, I will still need to correct a blood sugar high. Tomorrow, I will still need to treat a blood sugar low. Tomorrow, I will still be frustrated. Tomorrow, I will still be plagued with long term fear. Tomorrow, I will still have to continue to perservere.
Tomorrow, we will still have people all over the world affected by diabetes. Tomorrow, we will still have people who cannot afford insulin and other basic supplies. Tomorrow, we will still have people who cannot access diabetes education and basic healthcare. Tomorrow, we will still have people who are unable to access technology that would make their diabetes management simpler. Tomorrow, we will still have innovations in diabetes care that are out of reach for many.
Tomorrow, I would love for nothing more than to shove diabetes into a drawer and forget about it until next November.
But while all of these issues are still here, Diabetes Awareness Month will never be over at the 30th of November.