I’m not big on petitions these days. Detail is too important to me, so when I read the statement I am to support by signing a petition, a little voice inside my head starts going off with a million if’s and but’s! So I choose to instigate positive change in other ways. However, when I was a teenager and determined to right every environmental wrong committed against our beautiful earth, I signed hundreds of petitions. Most of the time they were in Body Shop stores addressing issues such as French President Jacques Chirac’s decision to run nuclear tests at Moruroa Atoll in the mid-90’s. (I even got the t-shirt!) So for this post I have decided to come at it from a personal angle and aim it at my most wonderful and amazing sister, Breanna Lee (Dahl) Penny .
To my darling sister BreBre. I want you to stop feeling like you should have some of the health conditions that I battle with, instead of me. Yes; I am living with a couple of challenging auto-immune conditions, and you are not. Yes; my life is reasonably complicated because of these conditions, and yours is not. But we each have our own stuff to deal with. Everyone does. And sharing my conditions with you wouldn’t really ease the burden because I would want to be by your side and support you through the tough times like you do for me. I would worry about you. I would want to nurse you when you got sick. I would want to make it all go away.
I let you in on moments when I feel like a huge rain cloud shadows all the beauty in my life. You are so good at helping me to step out from under that cloud and walk towards the sunshine. I don’t tell you these things to make you feel bad for not having to go through it yourself. I tell you just because you listen. I couldn’t, for the life of me, tell you what you say in response to my dark ramblings. All I know is that whatever you do say, works. Maybe because we are kindred spirits. Maybe because I know that if you could, you would replace all the parts of my body that simply don’t work.
I love you and I am eternally grateful for all that we share, and all that we don’t share.
You see, without my diabetes I don’t think I would be enjoying my life as much as I am today. I have created bonds with people that will outlast any nuclear fallout. I keep my general health and wellbeing in check under the expert supervision of amazing specialists. I love my job. I love my volunteer work. I love my hobbies. I love writing. I love sharing my story with others. Living with diabetes in particular has led me to feel so very appreciative of all that I have, and all that I don’t…
So BreBre, please relax and enjoy your life because I sure am enjoying mine.
Signed your Dahling sister,
For more information on Diabetes Blog Week 2013, this topic or how to get involved, click here!