And then something wonderful happened. It was time for the Children With Diabetes Focus on Technology conference. Home. Friends. No explanations necessary. No food scale necessary. Inspirational people. And, phenomenally inspirational talks by Sebastien Sasseville and Ed Damiano.
I came back from the weekend refreshed, full of new energy and ideas. And, Jessica came back happier and less angry. It truly takes a village.
And, this week when the sneaky "I hate diabetes" moments have snuck into our lives, I have instead thanked diabetes. I can't believe the wonderful people I have met because of diabetes. Our circle has expanded in huge ways that never would have occurred had Jess not been diagnosed. I have watched my T1 hubby become hopeful again, happier, less alone. I don't think we ever would have attended a CHILDREN with diabetes conference had Jess not been diagnosed. But, it turns out that Children With Diabetes is the perfect circle of support for ADULTS with diabetes. We have met so many absolute heros who have been living with Type 1 for 20, 30 years and more. They are inspirational. They provide support to our whole family. They give me perspective. They lighten my load. They share a kinship with my T1 hubby.
So many "wow" moments, so many inspirational moments. Below are just a few of the tweets from the conference:
"Avoid miscarried helping."
"No one is truly independent. The hallmark of being an adult is knowing when you need help and asking for it."
"Great response to teenagers: how'd that work for you?"
"Teasing or bullying hurts our (parents') hearts more when it is about diabetes."
"Ask your child how they would like you to ask them what their blood sugar is."
"Give your child the gift of struggle."
"Fair is something you buy tickets to. The rest is called life."
"Preschoolers may think they did something to cause diabetes."
"My daughter is not a mouse. If she was she would have been cured 300 times by now."
"Pre-bolus and check one more time a day."
"The person with diabetes who knows the most lives the longest."
"We need to change to a prevention minded society."
"You can set the bar, but it's important to know that bar moves."
"It's ok if diabetes slows you down, but don't let it stop you."
And, perhaps the best quote to end with (from Sebastian Sasseville): "Do not regret having diabetes. Greatness always come in the face of obstacles."
This is a ridiculously hard walk, but you don't have to walk it alone. It takes a village to raise a Type 1 child. And, it takes a village to be an adult with Type 1. Thankfully, that village exists...in the form of a wonderful organization called Children With Diabetes.