Wednesday, September 30, 2009

We just found out . . .

On September 17, 2009 our son, Nate was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (AKA juvenile diabetes). There is no way to explain how completely overwhelmed Jim and I felt at this diagnoses. Although diabetes research has come a very long way it is still something Nate will live with every single day for the rest of his life. For parents, I believe dealing with an illness in your child is an emotional roller coaster. Right now we are still facing the lows but we are looking forward to the highs.

As a mom, the stage that I am currently going through is grief, I am mourning for my son’s health and I am overwhelmed by the thought of taking care of my precious baby boy. I am overcome with emotion every time I prick his itty bitty finger for his blood test and even more so when it is time for his insulin shots. I keep waiting for him to get better and all of this to end. Right now I know he does not understand why I am hurting him and it breaks my heart into pieces!

I also know that with Nate’s early diagnoses he will never know any different, he will not remember life without diabetes. As a family we will come together and make his life as normal as possible. We will not let diabetes define him. Diabetes will be life altering but not life defining for him.

We have a lot to learn and a long way to go before we are comfortable with our new reality but I know that we will get there.

I pray for a cure, I pray for continued good health for Nate and my entire family, I pray that God will give me and Jim the strength to get through this difficult time in our lives. I also pray that God will give me the strength to meet the needs of all 3 of my children as they are all going through this difficult time and always.

Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken - - - together we will get though this.


Joanne said...

Okay, I just saw this blog too... which is better to put as a link on my blog roll (if I may)?

I am praying for you and your family.

LaLa said...

This one, please. I was trying both at 1st to see which I preferred. This one wins!

Kelly said...

Nate is beautiful, adorable! My daughter was diagnosed at the age of 6, so I'm not much help as far as the itty bitty ones with Diabetes. But, I can tell you that soon you will be amazed with the strength and resiliance you hold as a Mommy bear to a child with "D"

My life saving place was Children with Diabetes forums. Tons of mommy "D" experience in one place, all ages. Post a question or a comment, vent away.....someone is right there understanding every single feeling you have and offering advice from experience, not from a medical book. What we really need those first few months is understanding. Knowing that what you are feeling is normal..... is priceless.

Blogging will keep you sane. You will meet people in blogger land that pick you up in your weakest moment. We are all here for you, and we hear you. ((HUGS)) I'm so sorry for your baby!Lots of prayers headed your way!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I think this blog is wonderful. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 21 years. I am currently 29 years old. Your son is so lucky to live in this age of medicine. Diabetic care has come miles since even I was first diagnosed. At one point I was taking 5 shots of insulin a day :(. I then had to beg my doctor to put me on the pump because at the time I was in college. His reasoning for not putting me on it was because my schedule was to hectic. I dumped that doctor real quick.

I also was noticing looking through your site that your little girl has been recently diagnosed with IBD. I too have recently been diagnosed with colitis possible crohns. I am actually waiting for the biopsies to come back as I type this.

Your family is adorable and you seem like a wonderful mom! All the best to you and your family!

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I am NOT a doctor, nor do I play one on this blog.

I AM a wife.
I AM the mom of 3 wonderful children.
I AM my son's pancreas.

The information provided on this blog is from our personal experiences with Type 1 diabetes. Because something works for us does not mean it will work for you.

Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your health care options.

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