A Diabetic’s Journal

It’s strangely coincidental that earlier today Mark Boulton wrote about his daughter’s school being slated for closure, including a personal note from his daughter’s hand. For earlier this week I had planned to pen something similar, only a stone’s throw away from the tone of his.

One of my sons is a Type 1 diabetic. He was diagnosed during a cross-country trip three years ago. Unlike Type 2 which can be managed through better health, currently there is no cure for Type 1. Once diagnosed, you cope with it for life—daily shots and all.

Often we’re reminded he isn’t alone. There are many others around the globe that live happy, productive lives as Type 1 diabetics. Some names are even recognizable: Jay Cutler, Nick Jonas, Victor Garber, and many more. These, and the many other unknown-but-undeniably-important names, give him, give us, hope.

One of these names that have given us a substantial amount of hope recently is Nial Giacomelli. An iPhone developer based in the UK, Nial is also a Type 1 diabetic. His Kickstarter project, The Diabetic Journal, hopes to fund the last leg of development by raising £7,500 for reporting tools and visual design help. The app will be released in the App Store for free, if funded.

The Diabetic Journal on Kickstarter

If your financial circumstances allow, please back Nial’s project by pledging £1 or more. My son and so many more like him will be in indebted to you for helping make their lives a little easier to manage.

All of this brings me to Mark’s daughter and her heartfelt letter. While we were in the hospital adjusting to life with diabetes, my son wrote an entry in his journal. He was six at the time. I photographed the entry while at the hospital:

Letter written by my son at the hospital after being diagnosed with diabetes

It reads:

I love the Hospital. It’s fun. I like the foods in the Hospital. I love when Mom and Dad help. I like when people help me get better. The end.

Although the week we spent in the hospital was one of the worst weeks of our family’s life, you wouldn’t know it from his letter. “I like when people help me get better.” Like Nial. Like you.

The end.

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