Once again I am behind. I could use a thousand excuses including the fact that once again I was not feeling overly blessed after looking at the large gaps in testing shown by my son’s meter but I won’t. Friends have truly been the biggest diabetes blessing in my life as I already mentioned but there have been others.
Another big one has been a deeper sense of compassion and empathy. I have always considered my self a pretty compassionate person but when a chronic disease moves into your life, you develop a new perspective on things.
I saw our universal health care system in a less flattering light. I began to understand the financial toll that diseases can create on families. Its not bad enough to have a family member who requires life saving therapies or drug but having to reallocate resources to manage that can be exceptionally stressful.
I began to understand how Alzheimer and cancer patients’ families felt. I understood their battles with government and developed a first hand knowledge of something called a “formulary” which is government talk for the drugs that they feel warrant coverage under their provincial health care systems and the ones that they deem extravagant.
My heart grew that much bigger as I began to get a glimpse of the fears of parents who deal with severe allergies and asthma. You never know when a life threatening problem will happen. Nights are not safe. Schools are not safe. Your children being alone is a constant worry.
Diabetes is a nightmare. Its costs are insane without extensive private medical insurance. The blessing in all this is that I have developed an empathy for people who live with a variety of other disease. Diabetes is hard but it is not the only disease that is hard. We all have our “thing” to deal with and a blessing of diabetes is that it has shown me this in a broader light.