My name is Taalib al’Salaam and am dating a really wonderful, thoughtful, hardworking lady, Ellica Church. We met at a church service on July 4, 2010 and we have now been dating for over a year. What a wonderful woman she is - gracious, bright, witty and fun.
Soon after meeting my wife, Sarah, I noticed her little pager sticking out of her jeans pocket, though this one was different, because it had a small tube? She ultimately told me what her insulin pump was by telling me about a young girl’s curiosity about it -- the little one was in Sarah’s Girl Scout troop and had asked what it was. I really didn’t think a thing about it other than how incredible it was that the little green box took care of her.
At the time I was clueless about diabetes.
I have learned so much about diabetes since Brandy and I met back in 1996. I was completely clueless when we met, even asking her, “Are you so important that you need a pager?”. Little did I know at the time that it was her pancreas (insulin pump). Brandy’s outlook on having diabetes has always been positive from the moment that I met her, so I never saw it as an obstacle in our relationship.
My experience having a wife with type 1 diabetes is not so different from any other marriage, with the exception of having a complicated, treacherous side kick along for the ride. My wife, Anna, was upfront with me regarding her type 1 diabetes from early on in our relationship. I realized right away what a burden it is to tell a boyfriend that you have a serious, life altering issue, knowing full well that it might scare off a lot of guys.
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