When people ask me how Benny is doing, I usually keep my response positive. You can't really know what it's like to live with type 1 diabetes until you have to. I try to educate without alarming; I certainly don't want anyone to think Benny can't do something or is limited is any way.
But diabetes is hard. It does get us down. It makes me furious and sad and frustrated. That's why I'm excited about the new "You Can Do This Project." It's a chance to share the good, the bad and the ugly about living with diabetes.
I asked Benny if he wanted to take part. At six years old, you can understand that we don't really dwell on the downside of diabetes. I told him the basic message was letting other people know that if he can do it, they can too. Our video may not exactly fit the message of this project, but I think we get the spirit of it (and you can tell Benny's excited about his new Ping meter/pump combo).
You can see many, many more people sharing their stories over at Texting My Pancreas. Kim came up with this terrific idea – and she's keeping a list of the videos.
Whether you're newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, I hope this helps. You're not in it alone. You can do this. As Benny says: true.