About Jen: My name is Jennifer, and I live in Southern California with my husband, Craig, and our two boys. Our oldest son James has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I’m thankful for this opportunity — along with my sister-in-law Kim and her daughter Kaitlyn, who also has type 1 diabetes — to share our struggles and triumphs with our friends in the diabetes community.
Hopes for the Blog: When James was diagnosed with diabetes, we were lucky. No we weren’t excited about our child having a lifelong chronic illness, but we WERE fortunate to have access to amazing, wonderful, informative diabetes educators who not only taught us “everything we know” about diabetes but also gave us a lot of HOPE and replaced our fears with faith that although diabetes is serious, our son could go on to live a long, happy and healthy life and that the sky was the limit to what he could accomplish and do. We left the hospital after diagnosis, full of information and confidence that we could navigate this new world of having a very young child with a serious diagnosis.
The years since then haven’t proven to be easy, but thanks to the wonderful medical innovations, helpful endocrinologists and CDEs, and great support network at home, my son James has a GREAT life and really, so do I!
I mostly get to be at home with my boys, using my Master’s degree in History as a chance to tell really good stories about the Egyptians and Medieval Knights. Our family loves to hike, go to the beach, visit museums, play games together and go to Disneyland! We also love to see our family – many of whom live locally, including my little niece, who recently was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
When I was approached to write this blog my first thought was how very much I NEEDED to write our stories. I felt a compelling desire to tell the world, particularly the diabetes community, how great life can be despite a difficult diagnosis. My second thought was that I needed to share this experience with my dear sister-in-law, Kim. I felt that by combining our two perspectives we would deepen our ability to help tell the story of diabetes in young children.
About Kim: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I’m excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Hopes for the Blog: I’m really excited about starting this blog with Jen. I think that it will be really a neat experience to share what we’ve learned from being moms to our kids with type 1 diabetes. We share a lot of the same ideas, but we have quite a few different perspectives and have had to deal with very different issues with each of our kids as well. I look forward to exploring these thoughts and sharing them with other parents of kids with type 1 diabetes.
Kaitlyn’s diagnosis was probably the most difficult thing I have ever had to face as a mom. I don’t think I could have gotten through if it weren’t for the wonderful support of family and friends and especially Jen, who had firsthand knowledge of what I was going through. I hope that through this blog, I can be a support to others who are going through the same thing I experienced a year and a half ago. If some of the experiences and insights that I share will help even one mom get through some of the difficult trials of dealing with type 1 diabetes, I will feel that it’s been well worth the effort!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.