Just because we blog about diabetes, doesn't mean we have it all under control.
Just because we don't share with you about a horrible "high" or "low" or "rollercoaster" day, doesn't mean that it doesn't happen sometimes.
Just because we brush off a comment made about how "bad" our diabetes is, doesn't mean that living with diabetes isn't bad.
Just because we act like we feel fine, doesn't mean we do.
Just because we eat what we want, doesn't mean that we eat what we want all the time.
Just because we work a job, doesn't mean that diabetes doesn't get in the way sometimes.
Just because we have healthy babies, doesn't mean it was easy.
Just because we live mostly complication free, doesn't mean that we didn't work hard for it.
Just because we are an "advocate," doesn't mean we are invincible.
Just because we prepare for everything, doesn't mean we're always prepared.
Just because we act brave, doesn't mean we're never scared.
And just because we do everything "right" doesn't mean that bad things don't happen. Sometimes with no explanation at all.
Yesterday, the world lost another child to diabetes. This one didn't leave this world because her parents withheld insulin, or because she didn't properly take care of herself. Eilish left this world, and her loving family, at 13 years old because of "dead-in-bed" syndrome. It's when you do everything right, and it just isn't enough. She went to bed happy and healthy. And didn't wake up in the morning.
This one hits closer to home than any other diabetes related death that I've ever dealt with. Not because I knew Eilish, or her family. But because this wasn't a case of neglect or a mistake. This was a case of total chance. The worst case scenario of a high or low that can't be explained.
For Eilish, and the mother, father, and sister she has left behind, I send my prayers and thoughts. For everyone else I say hug your family and friends. Tell them you love them. Live life to the fullest. Take chances. Play safe. And remember that life isn't when it starts or ends....it's what you do in the middle that makes all the difference.