When James was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I talked to everyone — my family, friends, my husband, strangers, people online, people at parks, pretty much everyone — except James. He was too little, my feelings were too raw, I didn’t know what to say! Maybe I’m still not an expert, but I sure love talking to James. Now that I’ve been blogging for some time, I feel strongly that anything I write needs to be available for him as much as any other person in my audience. So today I’m writing directly to him.

Dear James,

I’m writing this to you today because I HOPE you’ll read it, and that you’ll read my blog too, and you’ll know that everything I write, I do it because I love you, I believe in you and the day that I became your mom was my best day ever!

I have this blog so that I get to talk to other people about diabetes. I see this as a blessing. I feel like, for whatever reason, I encountered the world’s most positive people at the outset of your diabetes diagnosis: the C.D.E. (certified diabetes educator) that explained that life could be good, could be normal and that you could do whatever you wanted to in life — that diabetes wouldn’t stop you. The aunt who showed so much love and understanding even in the midst of her own busy life. The daddy who from day one decided he would learn everything he could to take care of you and who provides amazing support to me as I get to be with you every single day.

I’m grateful that you never seem to mind that I write stories about you and about us. In fact, you love that you’re “famous”! It’s true, I’ve had the opportunity to meet just a few people that have read this blog, and I know that your generosity in sharing your life with them helps bring understanding about diabetes.

You are such a good example. You are honest, and you are kind. I’m grateful that you share your feelings with me, and that helps me to figure out how to help you. I want to encourage you to continue to do that. Sometimes I feel like I know you so well that I don’t need to ask you how you feel. When I’ve actually gone through the process of getting your opinion, I am always amazed by how deeply you think about things and how much your thoughts help enrich the perspective of this blog!

As I continue to write these posts, I want you to know that I will always respect your feelings. I will try to convey how you really feel because I think that is what makes this whole exercise really worthwhile. I’m happy that as you get older your understanding grows and your courage shows!

James, you are the very essence of this blog. I’m so grateful for you! I think one of the reasons our experience with diabetes has been so very positive is because YOU are an amazing kid. You have always been brave “like Piglet,” and you are still brave. I also love how funny you can be. You warm my heart every day.

Sincerely,

Your Mom

 

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.

 

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