The Way Kids See It
For many of us with diabetes, our children will grow up watching us check our blood sugars, inject insulin or be connected to a pump, desperately shove sugar into our mouths, and not find any bit of it strange.
And the only time it becomes something they stop and ponder may be when a friend or someone from the outside asks questions about it. “What’s your mom doing?” “What’s wrong with her-is she sick?”
They will explain we have diabetes and that we have to check our blood sugars and take medicine for it. It won’t even be a big deal.
Their reality of our having diabetes should be ours.
Focusing on wishing we didn’t have diabetes only hinders us and distracts us from all the diabetes related decisions we need to make every day. We need all our energy for managing this thing.
For our children, it just “is” this way. And for us to gain full acceptance of our diabetes we can try looking at it the same way, it just “is”. That’s our reality. Now what are we going to do with it?
Or better yet, what example are we going to give our kids about facing our reality and living life to the fullest?