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Two Awesome Things Because of Diabetes

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Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt is:

Awesome things – Friday 5/13: In February the #dsma blog carnival challenged us to write about the most awesome thing we’d done DESPITE diabetes. Today let’s put a twist on that topic and focus on the good things diabetes has brought us. What awesome thing have you (or your child) done BECAUSE of diabetes? After all, like my blog header says, life with diabetes isn’t all bad!

Because of diabetes I was a more likely to have my hormones go out of wack and as a result I ovulate several times a month (instead of just once), increasing the likelihood that I get pregnant with twins or multiples, and since I got pregnant with twins, I was blessed with two funny and precious little people in just 8 short months. My husband and I were also open to the possiblility of kids as soon as we got married because my diabetes made me feel like I better have a child while I was healthy enough to do it. So we went from, “Ok, we’ll see what happens” to “What?! Twins?!!! Isn’t that a really high risk pregnancy for a woman with type 1 diabetes?!” “Yes, it is” said all the doctors. But years of diabetes has taught me to be strong and so I said, “Fine, I got pregnant with twins in the first place because I can do this!” and I buckled down for a few really long and hard months.  (Totally worthwhile by the way!) (And yes, coming up with something positive for today is not the easiest thing to do)

They are almost two now, but here they are at around 5-6 months old, playing peekaboo and laughing with each other.  (daughter is on the left, and son is on the right)