I'm participating in Diabetes Blog Week, a week in which bloggers create daily posts revolving around a set topic. Thank you Karen from Bitter-Sweet Diabetes for starting this awesome idea last year and continuing it this year!
Today’s topic: Admiring Our Differences
“Pick a type of blogger who is different from you
and tell us why they inspire you – why you admire them
– why it’s great that we are all the same but different.”
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m hooked on blogs written by adults living with T1D.
I have a different perspective than these bloggers. My pancreas works just fine. I read as a mother, whose beloved boy has diabetes, and as such, I gain tremendous insight from these bloggers.
While I hope there is a cure, if not in my lifetime, then in my son’s, I’m not holding my breath. I believe my CWD, child with diabetes, will grow into a PWD, person with diabetes.
So to me, reading these blogs is like looking into a crystal ball. I get glimpses of Jack’s future. Sure, treatments and technology are bound to be different in 20 years. Even the artificial pancreas project will probably be old news by then. But most likely, Jack will still have to negotiate the world and live his adult life with this disease.
I do not ever want diabetes to get in his way. So I feel encouraged when I learn that bloggers are furthering or completing their education, contributing professionally, getting married, having babies, running marathons , traveling the world and following dreams. And, quite honestly, I find comfort in reading about everyday activities, like making dinner, changing diapers, running errands, packing suitcases, enjoying hobbies and going to concerts, because it is those activities that make life whole.
Reading these blogs is also akin to reading an advice column. Often, PWDs will reflect on how their parents handled their diabetes or what it was like to grow up with diabetes. I learn what they think was good and what was not-so-good. There is a ton of general parenting books out there, but in comparison, a scant number of books on parenting a child with diabetes. The adult bloggers fill in the gap.
I want to raise a happy, confident, well-adjusted son. I want him to thrive with diabetes. I want to parent him well. I want to provide him with the best possible childhood and then let go when he’s ready for me to let go.
The PWDs give me guidance. They give me knowledge. They give me hope.