My Mother’s Message About Diabetes

The Thanksgiving holiday is a bittersweet time for me. I celebrated the 47th anniversary of meeting my husband, Jordan, and the following day I acknowledged the 26th anniversary of our son, Joshua being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

When I redesigned my new website, I made sure there was a section about “Diabetes” that would offered visitors educational and inspirational experiences.

One of the sections in the Diabetes Connection is called “Sheila’s Family Diabetes Story“. The story is my “Mother’s Message” about my feelings and thoughts as the mother of a child who is newly diagnosed with diabetes, the journey Joshua and our family has traveled together and my wish for the future.

As you will read… “I will continue to keep extra orange juice and diabetes supplies in the kitchen. I will wake each morning and go to sleep each night, thinking about how grateful and blessed I am for Joshua, our family and friends… I will write books to help other families on their journey. And I will wish the same birthday wish when I blow out the candles on my cake each year —
that tomorrow there will be a cure for diabetes, for your child and mine!”

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  1. Laurie Buchanan on December 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Sheila – My paternal grandfather, a double-amputee from the knees down–died of complications from diabetes. I share your wonderful birthday wish, “that tomorrow there will be a cure for diabetes, for your child and mine!”

    • sheila on December 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      I am sorry for your loss and the suffering your paternal grandfather must have experienced from the insidious diabetes complications. Let’s keep wishing and working toward a cure for everyone’s child, no matter what their age!

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