Editor’s note: Please know if you live with diabetes or parent a child with diabetes this poem may bring up difficult emotion for you. This past week, two young people with Type 1 diabetes perished. I was moved to write a poem after learning about their deaths that occurred just days apart from one other. My heart felt broken as I mourned for their lives lost. Putting these words onto paper was a way for me to express some of the grief I was feeling. Living with Type 1 diabetes, whether one knows the individual who passed away or not is irrelevant. When one is given an exit pass and leaves our shared community too soon, we all feel the ripples left in the pond.
I did not restrict my writing in a way to protect the feelings of the reader, but rather allowed my heart to share openly the reality of a condition I have lived with for 25 years—Type 1 diabetes. It is my hope that this poem will create awareness about the risks living with Type 1 diabetes presents. Type 1 diabetes can quickly become a fatal disease and does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, condition of health, economic status, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. We desperately need a cure for Type 1 diabetes. It is my hope you will help us find one. Thank you for reading.
In memory of our fallen T1 heroes
Two young people
with so much life left to live
lost their fight this week
From a serious condition
known as Type 1 diabetes
This makes me feel so sad
And desperately alone
When will we find a cure?
I want to know!
25 years it’s been for me,
Living with Type 1 diabetes
With news like this I ask myself,
Will I experience this same fateful tragedy?
When is it all enough–
The T1’s whose light goes out before us
This week alone
Jessica, a 21 year old passed,
went into cardiac arrest,
Her father also had diabetes
There also was a TV anchorman
by the name of Joel
Who in going to sleep for the night
Just trying to get a little rest
Experienced a pump tubing disconnect
And perished before morning’s light
The pain that this causes the D.O.C. and myself
Is hard to describe
Fear, grief and anger all come to mind
Their early passing just gives me a surer purpose
Of why we need a cure.
That is why I promise
With each step I take
to walk a path of advocacy and awareness
For our shared condition,
A message to the fallen ones:
Rest in peace dear souls
I am sorry your life was taken so soon–
cut short by Type 1 diabetes.
Insulin is mere life support
Ready to take another life soon
A little too much or too little
And we join the ranks with you
You were such a bright light of hope
A source of joy and love for many
Your loved ones are now left with weeping hearts
Missing their loved ones plenty
I will keep working hard for a cure
And not forget either of you
Or any of the others who come before or after you
walking the same path,
Light taken out too soon
I will be right here to catch the tears
And work even harder
on my mission for a cure
Type 1 diabetes needs to be a thing of the past
I will make darn sure of that!
Your passing only fuels me more.
Rest in peace friends.
Rest in peace.
We will find a cure.
We will find one
In memory of you.
Here are links to a few other poems I have written. To see more poems, scroll to bottom of page and look under category, "Poems."
Blessings, light and love,