When diabetes barged into our lives we were devastated. As parents and medical professionals, we knew the unending life changes that would be mandated, but our ten year old son did not. How would we protect him from this thief?
At first we hated diabetes but soon learned that hating would be futile. For diabetes had become part of our beloved son, woven into the fabric of who he is. We quickly learned that to love our son and help him to realize living a life to the fullest ~ WE would have to accept the sanctions diabetes makes as they came and find a better way. As diabetes stomped in and took control, we were finding ourselves learning ”the new normal” full of needles for shots, needles for blood sugars, insulin pumping, continuous glucose monitoring, counting carbohydrates for nutrition, carbohydrates for treating lows….and while most parents were sleeping through the night, we found ourselves up 2-3 times a night checking blood sugars….. Literally living life on a tight rope trying to stay balanced; all the while trying to make a safe, carefree childhood and future for our son. Diabetes comes like a thief to steal, kill and destroy the life of not only my son but from all those who have had to bear the same diagnosis. Diabetes, for the most part is an invisible disease ~ sometimes garnering the “out of sight, out of mind” kind of acceptance. But that, my friends, is pulling the wool over your eyes.
I would take on my son’s diagnosis in a heartbeat if I could. But that wasn’t the choice I was given. I can decide what I will do with it though. Because of the my education and my “mom card” experience, I’ve put my energies into helping others. I volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) helping raise money to find better treatments, preventions and ultimately the CURE for diabetes. I am a nurse who works with patients and along side other health care professionals to battle this disease on the front lines. I listen with an understanding heart to my patient’s stories of adversity and triumph. I hear the frustration in their voices and see the pain in their eyes about lost opportunities and how this disease never lets up… no days off, no vacation, no benefits. I feel their fear of low blood sugars that can steal, kill or destroy.
With all of the pain that I see, you may think that I dread going to work each day. However, that could not be further from the truth. For each day, I have the opportunity to educate patients on how to take their lives back from diabetes. Take the steering wheel and drive their own direction. Taking control back from diabetes. I share with them some of the latest technology and treatment strategies to literally give hours back into their days to think about something other than diabetes, to help them to be safer, feel better, and be healthier. I am blessed each day because I am gifted the opportunity to speak words of life to those who need hope. In doing so, I am able to share my faith with them by my words and actions. I hear the relief in their voices and see the joy return in their eyes. My hope… is that my son, and those who share his battle, would have life more abundantly because of the way God uses me, to speak life into them. – Cathy Lucht
If you would like to join Cathy in her work to help find a cure for diabetes, you can support her in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes (team name: Believe in Miracles) taking place on September 30. To learn more about this event, contact Cathy at [email protected]