I've been reading and thinking about the conversations about videos the past couple of days. I remember when the "walk videos" were first shared here on CWD. Most of them were accompanied by serious music and showed the world all of the hard parts of diabetes: The needles, the highs and lows, the waiting to eat while the carbs are being figured, the nighttime checks, and so on. I remember sitting in my living room and crying my eyes out watching those videos! And then I moseyed over to youtube and found more diabetes videos. Suddenly it wasn't only the pull-on-the-heartstrings kind of diabetes videos I was watching. I found educational, political, comical, idiotical, you name it, it was there. It started a shift in me. Diabetes has lived in my son for five years. In those years I have evolved from wanting the entire world to know that my poor baby has diabetes to not even paying attention. I've moved from noticing every single reaction of every single person in every single public place from every single finger poke or shot to not giving a crap if anybody or everybody is watching. Time has changed my perspective, it has softened the pain of my baby having diabetes. I, five years ago, NEEDED people to know because it was such an enormous thing to me. Those tear-jerker videos helped me move away from that. They helped me to accept this life. They showed me that we are really nothing unique. I think that is a major key---we are nothing unique. I love the videos and articles that people post on this site that show the successes of people with type 1 diabetes. I love to be able to tell Nathan about the race car driver who has diabetes and puts his cgms on his steering wheel and has a straw mounted by his mouth so he can drink orange juice if he begins to go low. I love to tell him about the olympians, the actors, the people who have lived with diabetes longer than anybody he knows has even been alive. I love that. Nathan has no idea that diabetes stops anybody from doing anything. No idea at all, and I have you guys to thank for much of that. Even though I have grown past the sappy videos, I have to admit they still hold some value for me. Do I want Nathan's whole world to feel sorry for him and afraid to have him around? Of course not! Having an invisible disease is tough though. I have a daughter with arthritis and I can see the same thing with her. My son with the brain disease as well. All three of them look "normal" and healthy. I would say that they most definitely are normal and not-sick-healthy. They are not like those who don't have any health issues though. They have to stop and check and treat blood sugars, or they can't bike those couple miles to the ice cream place during an arthritis flare, or they can't go go go without a nap because of a brain that will be recovering for years to come. So, while I don't want everybody feeling sorry for my kids and I am raising my kids to not desire that either, I DO want some understanding and some loving accommodations made when they just CAN'T do what everybody else is doing. It is such a fine line to try to balance. Thoughts?