This is for you
For the Mama who was up all night fighting highs or lows while her child slept.
For the Mom who slept through the night because she knows if she gets up every two hours, she can’t function the next day.
To the Mama who switched the whole family to a low carb diet to get those straight lines on her child’s CGM in the hopes of avoiding long term damage.
To the Mom who kept her child’s diet exactly the same, and works hard to figure out when to use extended bolusing, adjusted basal rates, or a super bolus.
For you Mama, who went back to work to pay for your child’s medical bills and to support your family.
For you Mom, who quit your job because you couldn’t let a stranger take care of the unpredictable disease your child has.
The Mom who has all the latest T1 tech for her child.
The Mama who lets her child go without the tech because they don’t want it. Respecting their wishes even though a pump or CGM may make her worry less.
To the Mom who has to do every finger poke and injection because her child can’t do it themselves.
To the Mama who is taking a step back, letting her child learn to manage their disease, even if they make some mistakes along the way.
Who has forgotten a bolus, mixed up long-acting and rapid-acting insulins, miscalculated a carb count.
Who has slept through an alarm, forgotten to bring low treatment on an outing, didn’t pack enough supplies for a trip.
To the Mom who put her child in therapy because she was concerned about her child’s mental well-being.
To the Mama who cries at night, still grieving the life her child could have had.
You, who cries with your child, because sometimes diabetes really sucks.
You, who is miles away from your child, yet you still wake up in the night worried about their blood sugar.
Who is on the sidelines, waiting to check blood sugar and give some juice if necessary before sending them off to play some more.
Who educates friends and family so that your child can go to sleepovers and playdates.
To you, Mom, who finds a way to say “yes” when it’s terrifying you to let go.
To you, Mama, who sends her child to camp and on field trips even though it’s scary.
You, who has found your “new normal” and takes it in stride… most of the time.
And you, who is overwhelmed and can’t grasp this ever being normal.
To every Mama of a child with type 1 diabetes
You are doing a good job. More than good. You are doing an amazing job! You have taken the job of being another person’s organ, a job that no one in their right mind would ever want, and you’re figuring it out.
You’re playing nurse, nutritionist, pharmacist, researcher, and therapist more than other Mom’s do.
You didn’t ask for this. But you’re rocking it! Yes, there are some bumps along the road. That’s ok. You’re human.
You are strong, and you are brave. You fight every day to make your child’s life “normal”, to put them first. And they can see it.
You are the expert in your child’s disease. Whichever way you handle it, even if it’s different from how other people do, that’s the right way for you and your family.
Most people don’t understand that T1D is a complicated disease that needs attention 24/7. But you do.
Mama of a child with type 1 diabetes, you are a HERO.
~ With Love from: A Mama who understands