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Another Blue Candle and Yet Another

This week has seen the loss of yet two more young people, taken way before their time by this thing we call diabetes. This particular round of blue candles has seemed especially poignant to me for some reason. Posts today by Jess, Sara, and Kelly have really brought the point home that no matter how hard we work, how hard we try the deck is stacked against us.

It is said that every 8 seconds, somewhere in the world, diabetes kills someone. A few weeks ago, the O for Outrage Campaign kicked off  and when I heard DSMA Live w/ Professor Jean Claude Mbanya on 7/21/2011 speak about the things that happen in other countries, the things we never hear about; I didn’t find myself filled with outrage.

Instead it was an incredible sadness.

A sadness for the voices lost, the families devastated, a world denied the lives of these people. These children, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

All gone. Their smiles lost, voices silent, dreams unfulfilled.

How can the world not feel this loss, not grieve over it? How can we let this stand and still call ourselves human?

©2011 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

  • alexis

    Its as if people shrug it off. I think there’s so much blame on people with Diabetes that there struggles and deaths aren’t taken seriously. It pains me.

    • Sometimes I wonder how we’ve managed to survive as a species, life just seems so trivial to some people

  • Denise B

    It’s very sad and my heart breaks a little each time I hear of another death related to Diabetes, whether it’s a young person or an older one.

    That said, there’s still a huge number of people who don’t realize just how dangerous Diabetes is. I’m not talking about the families of those two young people, obviously, but others whose lives haven’t been touched by it in some way. They simply don’t comprehend the enormity of the condition. I think that explains what appears to be apathy. I think in many cases it’s actually ignorance, though some are truly apathetic and do simply shrug it off. Bless the families of those lost ones.

    • You’re right Denise, and that is why everyone’s voices are important in raising awareness.   Thank you

  • I am with you Scott. I felt so sad and still do. IT is so awful.

  • DCScribe

    Sure this is sad. But I have to take strong exception to this statement: “the deck is stacked against us.” I’m T1 for 53 years, no complications, never a worry, not a single regret. I’ve never found that to be true. I’ve done everything I wanted to do. D has never stood in the way. We can be sad and we should mourn. But life – and BG control – is better without self-pity.

    • Good for you, DCScribe, I really wish we could all make it thru unscathed

  • well said, scott. i think this round of candles has hit everyone really hard. sadness isn’t strong enough a word to encompass it. at least we can grieve together.

  • It’s gut wrenching, and thank God & the DOC we have one another. 

  • Hallie

    It really got to me this week, too.  I can’t help but to put myself in the place of those families and…  unthinkable.  We have to find a way to not let the fear and the sadness consume us.  I think that is why I get so into fundraising and JDRF as such.  Because it helps to DO something.  ((hugs))  SO glad we have each other – not just now but always.

    • {{HUGS}} you’re right, Hallie, it does help. And we’ll never be alone, I just wish we could find those of us out there that still are… Hug the princess!

  • Mike Hoskins

    I think sometimes (maybe often for many people), we get caught up in our own problems and selfishly don’t think of the bigger world. We lose sight of what’s truly important… and so these losses don’t register. I spent much of the past 10 days unconnected at key times, and even when I was online with the DOC, my mind and heart were in other places not focused on diabetes… and you know what? I didn’t truly feel the pain that so many of my friend were. My focus was elsewhere. And it was somewhat selfish… or maybe even self-protection and insulating myself against even more heart-ache that I just couldn’t stand. But then it hit, and I felt horrible. Maybe that gave me a sense of why the world isn’t as impacted by this as we are, even those who are connected to D. And through that, I see the true power of advocating, sharing stories, and why it’s so important to do that and connect even more of those who are unconnected. So that these stories can resonate and hit their hearts, and that desire to influence change grows even stronger… until it does change something. And that changes everything. Anyhow, a long way to say: Great post, my friend. Thanks for writing it.

    • Mike… it’s not called being selfish, it’s called being human, my friend. Thank you for all you do