My Diabetes Christmas List

Nicole makes her diabetes Christmas list.

By Nicole Johnson, MA, MPH

Last month I wrote about my diabetes anniversary, so I thought it was only appropriate to follow that up with my (diabetes) Christmas wish list for the next several years with this condition.  

1.    A Cure!  (I had to write that, who doesn't want to get rid of diabetes?!)
2.    A smaller CGMS.
3.    A pump / sensor combo that actually works and is reliable!
4.    A lancet that doesn't hurt.
5.    Non-invasive glucose testing / monitoring.
6.    A genetic test that can prevent diabetes in children.
7.    A way to actually get good health insurance if you have diabetes and are not part of a big group.
8.    A diabetes community that works together instead of working in silos.
9.    Government support for a diabetes point person/leader that works trans-agency. (Willing to serve if necessary! -  grin)
10.    A universally understood diabetes symbol. (We have a symbol. It just isn't understood the way it needs to be.)
11.    A diabetes superhero that makes everyone with this disease laugh.
12.    Prime time television placement of characters with diabetes in major sitcoms.
13.    A Prime time television special on diabetes - Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, and Metabolic Syndrome.
14.    A leg pouch for the pump that actually stays on your leg.
15.    Development of a pump pillow.

Diabetes is tough for all of us, but when we dream, it releases some of the stress the disease causes.  Creating this diabetes Christmas list helped me laugh a little, but my wishes are serious.  These are some of the things that are in my heart.  Maybe taking a little time this wish season to write down your diabetes dreams will do you good too. Hey, won't it be fun to check the wishes off our lists one day?

I think in the next year we will be able to check a few items off this diabetes Christmas list.  I know several companies are racing to create smaller CGMS units and better comprehensive pump/sensor combo devices.  This is what I am most looking forward to in 2009.  I hope to be surprised by a few other wishes being granted.  

A lot of my wishing has to do with PR around diabetes. I hope someone adopts this cause in a grand way and brings diabetes into the forefront more that it has ever been before. 
Nicole Johnson

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NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

Last Modified Date: November 27, 2012

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