As I sit here preparing for tomorrow’s lecture on Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADs), I can’t help but marvel at myself and muse about what has caused me to change — I used to be so shy and reserved; and now I am preparing to take the podium, once again, to talk about diabetic alert dogs, Early Alert Canine (EAC), and my life with my diabetic alert dog, Rainie. These changes must be due to passion!
I am passionate about telling the world about diabetic alert dogs and the safety and sense of companionship they bring. And Early Alert Canines! There is so much to tell about this organization also. EAC provides these life saving and life changing dogs to diabetic children as well as teens and adults. Affecting the lives of families with diabetic children is what excites me the most. This is why I became involved with EAC – because of their intention of making DADs available to families with young diabetics, and because of my memories of growing up with diabetes. I remember when I was too young, or my blood sugar too low, for me to say, “I need help!” During the 56 years I’ve been diabetic I’ve experienced all sorts of changes in technology, beliefs, and protocols; but I can easily admit that nothing has changed my life as positive a way as Rainie has. I want to share this with the world.
Diabetic alert dogs give diabetics of every age the advanced warning of quickly changing blood sugars, so steps may be taken so dangerous situations may be avoided. By doing their jobs, the dogs may help to reduce fear, increase emotional and blood sugar stability, increase the overall sense of peace-of-mind, and provide the sort of acceptance only a dog can. I want to do what I can to educate the public about DADs, and, help change the lives of people living with and influenced by diabetes…
…So tomorrow, I ascend the podium.