November 14th was World Diabetes Day, here are the facts:
What is Type 1 Diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
- Type 1 diabetes strikes children and adults suddenly, leaving them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. While the causes of this process are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.
Extreme thirst, frequent urination, drowsiness or lethargy, increased appetite, sudden weight loss for no reason, sudden vision changes, sugar in urine, fruity odour on breath, heavy or laboured breathing, stupor or unconsciousness. These symptoms may occur suddenly.
Some Canadian Facts:
- Diabetes currently affects 246 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 380 million by 2025.
- More than 2.4 million Canadians have some form of diabetes.
- Over 240,000 Canadians live with type 1 diabetes.
- Canada has the sixth highest incidence rate of type 1 diabetes in children 14 years or younger in the world.
- The incidence rate of type 1 diabetes is rising by three to five per cent in Canada; the greatest rise occurs in five to nine year olds.
- Worldwide 70,000 children develop type 1 diabetes annually (almost 200 children a day).
- Globally, every ten seconds two people develop diabetes.
- Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of global death by disease.
- Globally, every ten seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes.
- According to the International Diabetes Federation, each year 3.8 million deaths are attributable to diabetes. An even greater number die from cardiovascular disease made worse by diabetes-related lipid disorders and hypertension.
By 2010, over 3 million Canadians will live with diabetes. The cost of treating diabetes and diabetes-related complications is currently more than $15.6 billion dollars in Canada, and is projected to rise to $19.2 billion by 2010.
That a Canadian discovered insulin? Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. It was isolated in 1921-22 at the University of Toronto. The scientists involved in the research were Dr. Fredrick Banting, Charles Best (a medical student at the time of the discovery), Professor J. J. R. Macleod and Dr. James Collip. On June 3, 1934, Dr Frederick Banting the co-inventor of insulin was knighted for his medical discovery.
As a mother with a 3 year old child with type one diabetes I looked at November 14th as a day to show everyone how very special Cara and our family is. I wanted to do as many family things with the kids out in public as we could fit in the day, between naps and older children wanted to play with their friends ( sorry I mean HANG out with their friends).
So on Thursday night we bought and set up our BLUE lights to light up the house and we had them on all weekend.
Friday all the school aged children wore their amazing World Diabetes Day shirts to school. I had a World Diabetes necklace made up for the girls to wear (sorry Connor, he just got a shirt) Cara and Kylie felt so special, they enjoyed every moment of wearing their new shirts. Just a little side not which I think is very funny Cara says that she has blood sugars not diabetes!! So cute!! Anyways on Sat (THE DAY) I woke up thinking that this day would be a wonderful, amazing day. I have put a lot of thought and time and energy into planning this day and making it special for us. I gave up what would have been a wonderfully and very needed vacation with all my girlfriends to make this day a special day for my family. On Saturday morning the house needed to be cleaned (well that is not special), the kids where not listening (well that is not special), Kailyn did not want to spend anytime with us because she wanted to hang out with her friends (well that is not special) and Chris went to work (well that is not special). I just could not believe that I did all this planning and everyone else was just going on with there day not even caring that it was World Diabetes Day....hello we are a family....support??. So in my despair of my lost wonderfully amazing day that I had all planned in my head I did manage to post a message on facebook... a long message about Type 1 diabetes to spread the awareness at least I would get a little bit of the word out there. I figured the day was a write off and I was feeling pretty upset with my whole family for not helping me and understanding that I needed this day to be a wonderfully amazing day. About 5 minutes after my post on fb I was just reading some status updates and I realized that people began to re post my post about Type 1 diabetes....my family (my sister, my cousin and Chris's cousin) It was amazing, of course I started to cry! I was having such a bad start to a day that I thought would go so perfectly and I really just needed to see that someone other then me CARED and they did! Thank you so much Dana, Robin and Karen! you made my day :) and the rest of the day.
I got my sorry butt up and decided that today was not a loss, it is what I make it!! and I was not going to waste the whole day being mad at my kids and husband so I got ready and took the dog for a walk with my shirt on :) After naps Chris and I got the kids ready for the afternoon in their shirts and a impromptu photo shoot.
Our area was having a Christmas festival just blocks away from our house. So we walked down there with all the kids minus Kailyn (our 12 year old). Kailyn did go out with her friends but that was ok it was the weekend and she did support her sister with wearing her shirt on Friday to school and she was going to be home at 5 so we could all go out to dinner.
We had a wonderful afternoon spreading the word about Type 1 Diabetes and World Diabetes Day in our area and the icing on the cake the kids got to see Santa.
Even when we don't all have matching shirts on we tend to get a lot of looks and people approaching us about our kids all the time, "are they ALL yours" and of course "what a beautiful family you have" are some common ones. But today is was all about the circle on our shirts some people came right out and ask us what the circle was all about, others tried to ask without asking "Oh did you have a family picture shoot today?".
At dinner time we met up with Kailyn at the house and we ALL went out to eat with our shirts on and yes we did testing and injecting in public!!
It was a wonderfully amazing day, I would not wanted to have spent it any other way!