A Love Letter to Moms with Diabetic Kids

Dear Mothers of Children with Diabetes,

You are the most incredible women on the planet. We hope you know that. You support, encourage, worry, loose sleep, prepare food, check numbers, call nurses, drive to doctor’s appointment, and go above and beyond the call of duty every day (and night). We hear you, we see you, and we are here for you.

You may say, of course I do it— my child’s life depends on it. But, what amazes us, is the fact that you do it with patience, love, and compassion beyond belief. Despite the hard days, the unexplainable highs, the scary lows, the hospital trips, you persist. You inspire us and you amaze us.
Please try not to hold yourself to an unattainable standard. Perfection is impossible. You are not a trained medical doctor or nurse, as well as a mathematician, as well as a psychologist, as well as a nutritionist. So, you do the best you can, with as much information as you can collect. Well done.
Some day, your child will take control of the day-to-day management of diabetes. Thanks to you, they will be prepared to do so. You will still worry, still lose sleep. But some day, you will have successful, healthy children. Adult children, who (thanks to your care and amazing technology) will be people first, and diabetics second. They will be doctors, lawyers, teachers, athletes— whatever they set their minds to. Diabetes will not hold them back. In fact, having taught them persistence, discipline, and the value of a positive attitude, diabetes may actually make your child more successful.
Keep at it moms. We think you are amazing.
Rhodes and Alana Ritenour & The Diabetes Support Group

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