September 17, 2011

Not Enough



I hate seeing blue candles.
I loathe the very reason they exist.
I pray to never see another.
Blue candle are a small tribute to a young life lost to type 1 diabetes
lost to overnight lows.
They are condolences beyond the words fail to express our feelings.
Like words they fall short in sharing them.
I am angered that better means of detecting, alerting and treating overnight lows is possible, 
but lack a clear paths, through regulatory approval, insurers red tape and into homes.
I grieved that better care is not more available.
I am numbed at the sight of blue candles.
I am numb at the the increasing frequency of seeing them.
I grieve for losses, unknown to those who would share,
ineloquent words and
insufficient blue candles.
I appreciate researcher who advance type 1 care.
I admire those who make basic diabetes care more available around the world. 
I love the champions and advocates of families living with diabetes.
I celebrate the actions beyond blue candles.






 Blue candles are not enough.  

6 comments:

  1. Let's put names to these blue candles and lists of names, so that we remember that each blue candle represents a person whose life has been taken prematurely because of diabetes. Please post memorials at http://www.ourdiabeticmemorial.com and add names to the Blue Candle list at http://www.bluecandle.org

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  2. Thanks Brenda.

    I love your passion to remember the individuals our community has lost. I have struggled with how to do that and respect the families involved.

    Our community is broad and while many connect deeply online connections vary. I have come to the conclusion that at YDMV I will practice a policy of not be posting names as a means of respecting the private nature of family grief. I am not confident that any thing I can say would add comfort to their loss.

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