Happy Valentine's Day to everyone, and especially to our Type 3s - partners and spouses who live with our diabetes - and yet get none of the credit.
I can only imagine it must be like sitting in the passenger seat of a car wanting to grab the wheel when you see your mate start driving into an embankment or veer off toward the shoulder - feeling powerless and helpless to course correct - and weighing when do you hover, anticipate, plead, get upset or just stand lovingly by.
So today I'm saluting you, our loved ones who keep loving us with diabetes and who watch over and support us.
I also want you to know there is a group function just for male Type 3s to come together and share their feelings and frustrations, perhaps see what we live with a little more clearly and learn how to lovingly help in our disease management.
Diabetes Sisters' annual "Weekend for Women" conference - May 3-May 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina - offers a parallel track at the conference for male Type 3s called "Partner's Perspective Program." It's for partners, spouses and significant others of we women attending the conference.Brandy Barnes, founder of Diabetes Sisters', and her very loving husband Chris, saw the need and how such a program would benefit both our men and ourselves.