Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. Parents of children diagnosed with diabetes face overwhelming, and sometimes frightening, questions such as: How can I strike the balance between caring and hovering? Will she ever be able to eat sweets again? How will I ever be able to let him go out on his own?
All week long, we are presenting stories from parents of children with diabetes, illustrating the emotions, challenges and successes each family faced upon diagnosis.
From: Paragould, Ark.
Like so many others, I am the mom of a child with diabetes. Justan was diagnosed April 15, 2012, at the young age of 2 years 5 months.
What a ride it has been! Then I had no knowledge of diabetes. All of a sudden, I had to learn how to keep my child alive.
I learned. One day at a time. One needle at a time. One reading at a time. He is learning too. The strength of these children is astonishing. Not only the diagnosed children, but siblings need acknowledged as well. Justan’s siblings have learned how to read his body and actions. It is amazing.
I get so aggravated at the questions people ask. Sometimes it is so difficult to be kind. I then recall that I was one of those folks once. I choose to educate. I’ve also met many very kind and truly inquisitive people. I’ve made new friends. I no longer feel alone and secluded.
The emotions of a parent whose child has a chronic illness are so overwhelming that some days I feel like I cannot do it anymore. Then I look at my son and realize that he did not ask for this. This was meant for him and for me. Together, we will fight and hope.
Until he is old enough to read his body and not need me anymore, I will be his pancreas for him. When the day comes that he can do this on his own, I probably won’t know what to do with myself. Until then…