Being a mother is not easy. its even more difficult when your chiild is diagnosed with a disease. My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three. It changed not just his life, but the lives of everyone in the family. We had to learn how to give shots to my little boy who at this age didn’t understand why we had to do this to him. As the years went by, we fell into a routine and I suppose you could say things became easier, if thats possible. My son has an older sister and a younger sister who I had just given birth to when he was diagnosed. His younger sister at the age of 7 soon stared showing signs of diabetes also. I thought I was having a nightmare.
Could this possibly be happening to another one of my children? It was, she was diagnosed with this same horrible disease. I thought that it would be easier with her since she was a bit older but I was wrong. My son summed it up to me oe day, saying something that I will never forget. He said “mom, ashley is lucky because at least she knows what its like not to have diabetes, I don’t remember when I didn’t have it.” I hugged him and we both cried for his sister and I also cried for my son. Little did I realize that since he was younger, this was a life he would always know and really not know anything different which made it easier for both of us in controlling what he ate and keeping his sugar levels decent. His sister on the other hand, being older, knew the joys of eating sweets, pastas, chips, and all the other foods that aren’t good for us but we love. It has been a battle keeping her on the right track.
What a difference in these two kids and the way they react to their disase. Both kids are older now, my son 18 and my daughter 15. We continue on fighting this disease that can someday take the lives of my kids if they don’t take care of themselves. I pray every night for a cure but deep in my heart, I don’t think it will ever happen. I can only pray that my kids continue as adults to care for themselves and keep themselves healthy. I contiune to look at my kids in amazement, how brave they are. I wish I could take this from them but I can’t, so we continue together as a family, learning and stiving to eep eachother health and alive.