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
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.
I know that Kaitlyn is more than just her blood sugar number, but do I show that to her? I started to wonder what I could do to make our relationship less diabetes-focused without sacrificing her diabetes care.
It felt so nice to have a break from our routine and spend some valuable family time surrounded by nature. However… I wished that we had been a bit more prepared.
I’ve had enough experience as a parent of elementary school children to know what is most important in a school, especially when adding type 1 diabetes into the mix.
When I mention that Kaitlyn won’t be at school that day, they look at me like I’m crazy. How could a doctor visit take all day? Easily — when it’s a diabetes visit.