Using Your Powers
Superheroes typically have an origin story, a tale that explains their powers and their motives for fighting evil. Most people living with diabetes have an origin story, too. Instead of gamma rays or kryptonite, it tends to focus on diabetic ketoacidosis, out-of-this-world high blood glucose, or frequent trips to the restroom (and that's not to change into a spandex costume with handy crime-fighting gadgets, either). All of these may foreshadow a diagnosis of diabetes and a change to the world as we know it—KA-POW!
Diabetes brings with it the good, the bad, and the ugly. In the positive, uplifting category are all the amazing and courageous things that people do while living with diabetes and fighting to stop it. The 14 "people to know" that we profile this month provide just a few noteworthy examples. And then there are the forces of darkness—the early deaths, damaging complications, and multiplying costs. Cue the villain's monologue and maniacal laughter.
Whether your diabetes story is ordinary or extraordinary, it's a tale that needs to be told. Your experience helps create awareness of the issues surrounding diabetes and all the people it impacts. And with that awareness, we move closer to the American Diabetes Association's vision of a life free of diabetes and all its burdens.
A vision is all about picturing a better future. And to do that, we need a picture from you. In anticipation of American Diabetes Month in November, the Association is launching A Day in the Life of Diabetes, a call for photos that represent what it means to be affected by this disease. Starting October 1, visit the Association's Facebook page and upload an image that's meaningful to you. Come as you are—capes, masks, and Batmobiles are not required.
The world is waiting. People need more heroes, both the everyday and the super variety. Thanks for swooping in to make a difference.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes
More Super Fun
- View fun educational videos and cartoons from Captain Glucose and Meter Boy, the Diabetes Duo: captainglucoseandmeterboy.com.
- For an adventurous bedtime story, read Even Superheroes Get Diabetes by Sue Ganz-Schmitt: evensuperheroes.com.
- See a selection of diabetes superhero T-shirts and more: shop.cafepress.com/diabetes-superheroes.