This is me. I’m sort of shy, meaning I don’t like talking to strangers unless they start talking to me first. I guess I worry that I would be bothering them or I would say something dumb. Because of this I wanted to do something to help raise awareness to diabetes, particularly type 1 diabetes. So I decided to dye my hair blue. It was a huge thing for me to do. I wanted it permanent for the month. That meant I needed to bleach my hair and then dye it blue.
I asked a friend over to help me with this task, she does hair for a living and I knew she would do it right. My worry was I’d turn my hair green, rather then blue. With her advice we did a few chunks of blue in my hair. The results were PERFECT!
This is me with BLUE hair! Some people looked down upon me for dying my hair blue. They didn’t agree with me doing a non-normal color. I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure if my blue hair would make a difference. BOY was I in for a surprise.
Everywhere I went people started talking about my blue hair. Moms at dance, people at church, the women at my hair salon, even strangers in the stores. They’d say things like, “I like your blue hair, what made you do that?” or “wow, your hair is blue. is there a reason for it?” There were many versions of my blue hair and asking why I did it. This would then start in to some really great conversations about t1d and diabetes awareness month. I have been able to shed some light on the disease to people who might not have had a chance to learn about it before.
Some questions and statements I got about t1d were the following-
1- It’s go to be hard for your daughter to not have cake on her birthday.
My answer- Actually, she can eat anything she wants. She just has to know what the carbs are in the foods she is eating and be sure to give herself insulin to cover those carbs. She doesn’t have cake often but no one in our family does, we rather enjoy sweets only on special occasions.
2- Will she out grown her diabetes?
My answer- Unfortunately she will always have diabetes. Her pancreas no long works to product insulin, something her body needs. The only way she will not have diabetes is when they find a cure. Insulin isn’t a cure it’s just a band-aid until they figure out a way for her body to create it’s own insulin again.
3- Will she ever be able to have her blood sugars under control?
My answer- She has her good day and her bad day. So many thing affect her blood sugars and that makes it hard to keep a good balance all the time. Things like a growth spurt, an illness, lots of activity, the weather… They all change how her blood sugars are. This is why she needs constant monitoring, at least 10 finger pokes a day- including a few checks in the middle of the night.
This is me happy. I’m happy that having the crazy idea of dying my hair blue was able to help other learn more about t1d. And that it brought more awareness to the disease and the need for a CURE.
I’m not always confident in what I say, but I’m learning and hope I can help other people learn as well when it comes to diabetes.