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
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.
Somehow we’ve made it look so fun to have diabetes that Kaitlyn’s little sister seems to wish she had it.
With the help of our diabetes devices, we usually handle the birthday parties, movie nights, and outings just fine. But going to the beach with friends is a different story.
All my years as a parent, I believed that it was my job to push my kids to try hard things and to be adventurous and brave. Now I realize that there’s a fine line.