It's so easy to say that diabetes is manageable. It's a total lie. But luckily with technology we can actually live a semi normal life. It's been little over three months since Lennons diagnosis and I have to say that most days it's such a battle. I feel so defeated by the end of the day because it's so difficult to control his glucose levels. From one meal to the next everything changes and I hate it. But this isn't what this post is about.
Diabetes doesn't define my son.
I refuse to let this disease consume us or define us. We are actually starting to get used to his daily needs/routine. It can be challenging at times, since he's only 20 months old but he's still healthy.
My son can do everything your son can do, but he just needs a little help from us. I like to compare it to a vitamin. You give your child a vitamin every day so why thing any different with insulin?
People have questioned his sensor on his arm or even his little pump fanny pack. I just tell them he has a pump cause he's diabetic. A lot of people tend to be shocked and pity my son, but please do not pity my son. Please do not treat him any different. I know now that making things obvious can make situations even worse.
Some days I do feel bad for my son, but then I take a step back and just comfort him like I would do any other time. My son is allowed to have bad days like us. I shouldn't even think twice about not letting him have a bad day because he is normal!
It wasn't till we were diagnosed that I started viewing the world differently. My son is as special as any other child in this world. Just because he needs some help doesn't mean he's less of a person. He still can eat pizza! He still can run around and play!
If you are a mama dealing with something similar, please know that you are not alone! Your child is special no matter what but not any different!
Hugs sweet mama,