• Laura "Bean"

Jellyfish

I call my kids (yup. Plural. Our little man came early!) “jellyfish”. It started when our daughter was in utero and WOULD NOT STOP MOVING. it felt like she had 82648262 legs and I was convinced I was going to give birth to a jellyfish. Plus, I’ve always loved aquariums and jellyfish and seahorses have always been my favorite so it was fitting. Then about the time I was about to give birth to our daughter I saw the quote “do no harm but take no sh*t”.

Hellooo perfection.

My mom would be quick to tell you I have a bad mouth and get nasty. And I can and I do sometimes but it’s never unwarranted. I don’t just go crazy on people for reason! I’m a nice person, I swear! Buuuut when you play with fire, you are bound to get burned. So when you’re disrespecting me or my family – I will verbally slit your throat. What’s this have to do with jellyfish Laura? And more importantly, what’s this have to do with T1D? Let me explain: it’s said the jellyfish is a symbol of tranquility and rely heavily on the currents of the ocean to get around. (Think “go with he flow”) However, they truly are predators and can be deadly when stung. I feel that’s how T1Ds need to be. Jellyfish. Unlike many of the people who think they know more about our disease than we do, we don’t need to go out of our way to scream and shout about the differences between type 1 and 2. However, why not be lethal after someone attacks us on our disease? “Do no harm but take no sh*t”. See where I’m going with this now?

For years, I was told how I could rid myself of T1D by wearing lavender, exercising more, and eating more of certain plants I had never even heard of. I’d get mad, upset, and I’d stew over it for days at a time. (No wonder I’ll be 29 and have wrinkles!)

Even though my kids are both under 15 months (yeah- I’m crazy) I tell them every night to “do no harm but take no poop” and it’s never rang more true to me with the diabetes as well. Especially now, having the two kids, people are so quick to tell me how I could’ve avoided “gestational diabetes” (err not what I have) or how I should’ve gotten a surrogate (they funding that?!) or many other crazy things that make me cock my head like a little pug puppy.

But! Everyday, in my regular ol’ life and in my T1D life, I’m going to try to adopt the mantra that I want my little jellyfish to have –

Do no harm, but take no sh*t.

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