Christmas Wish #1 is a bit more selfish than that. I wish there was a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Sure, there are hundreds, even thousands of diseases that are so much worse. Ones that can't be maintained. Ones that are fatal. Ones that completely ruin a person's quality of life. I am aware of this and knowing this makes me thankful that no one I love is currently afflicted with such a disease. However, the person I love most in the world does have Juvenile Diabetes, hence, the reason for this wish.
And since I'm going all out there, might as well throw in that I wish all people who weren't educated on this chronic illness would learn what they can. By understanding Type 1, you could literally save someone's life. Left untreated, sometimes mistaken for the flu (because onset symptoms are very much flu-like), diabetes can kill. Parents often assume their child just has a bug at first, and as a parent, what do you know to do when your child is sick? Make sure they drink plenty, of course. However, if you give them Sprite, ginger ale or anything with carbs they will get exponentially sicker.
Being educated on Type 1 can also win you some serious brownie points with anyone you know who has a child that has been diagnosed. Believe me - this one I am speaking from experience. Nothing, and I do mean absolutely NOTHING, irritates me more than someone who spouts off ridiculous ideas and statements about my child. For example,
"Well, have you considered diet and exercise for him?"
"Maybe you shouldn't let him eat any sweets."
"My grandmother has diabetes too, and she says your son shouldn't have ice cream."
You get the idea. This isn't what Wilford Brimley is talking about on the commercials, people. Type 1 Diabetes doesn't discriminate. It isn't something that could be prevented by eating healthier, avoiding sugar, watching weight or anything of the such. My son didn't get this because he is chubby... which is hilarious to me, because my kid is the furthest thing from overweight, yet we still get people who ask if he can go on a diet and cure himself.
Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder. People who have it can no longer make insulin at all - unlike those who have Type 2 and still produce it and their bodies just don't process it correctly.
My kid can eat ice cream. He can run a marathon. He can do anything he wants. And he's probably healthier than 99% of the people you know.