9 Things a Mom of a Type 1 Diabetes Child Won’t Tell You … or Maybe She Would
Two summers ago, we got word that our 9-year-old nephew Timothy had been rushed to the emergency room, and then admitted to the hospital, with alarming symptoms. He was subsequently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and his mom and dad started a crash course in what that meant, how to care for him, and how it would change their lives.
Although we live hundreds of miles from them, we have been learning too. I am thankful that my sister-in-law has been open about their journey, about the joys and the struggles they have experienced in the last 18 months, giving me a peek into their world and helping me to understand it better. Below are things the mom of a Type 1 diabetic child would like you to know — and would tell you herself if her life slowed down enough to let her breathe.
1. There are two kinds of diabetes and they are not equal. Type 1, also known as juvenile-onset diabetes, is far less common — 5 to 10% of all diabetics. It occurs when the body’s immune system has destroyed the cells in the pancreas that release insulin, without which the body cannot absorb glucose, which is needed to produce energy. Type 2 diabetes is the more common form (90-95% of diabetics). It occurs when the body is insulin resistant, so it can’t use insulin the right way.
2. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable. My child’s diabetes was not caused by a poor diet or obesity, something that can contribute to type 2 diabetes. Nothing in my child’s diet or lifestyle contributed to him getting type 1.
3. There is no cure or possibility of remission with type 1 diabetes. It will not go away i Continue reading