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!
by Kim M., Real Moms Talk Type 1
That moment when the mom struggling to keep it together is you.
As much as we try, things are not always going to be completely equal — with or without type 1 diabetes.
The road to independence is different for every family. For us, it’s taking little steps with lots of encouragement.
This vacation was the first time ever that we were completely cut off from communication. No texting, email, phone calls — or blood sugar alerts.
In the spirit of taking ourselves not too seriously, I’ve compiled a list of things that perhaps only D-parents can understand. We truly are an interesting breed!
My house once became so messy that it shocked innocent passers-by — and led to an awakening about how I care for my daughter’s chronic illness.
I’ve become so emotionally attached to those supplies — to the peace of mind that comes with having them on hand. Should I forget about it and just move forward?
Our goal has been for Kaitlyn to take on more responsibilities. But she still has a lot to learn when it comes to making good diabetes decisions.
The misconception is everywhere — friends, neighbors, teachers. Even healthcare professionals sometimes don’t understand that there’s a difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. I think a new name would help. Here’s why.
“This chocolate cake is so good, it will give you diabetes.” For every person out there trying to set the record straight about type 1 diabetes, there are at least 10 others just adding to the confusion.