Sunday, October 7, 2012

1 of the 40

It never gets easier hearing those words...some one's daughter/son was taken to the hospital today and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I heard those words yesterday, prayers for a friend of a friend who just had a child diagnosed. 

That child one was of the 40 yesterday. One of the 40 children diagnosed each day with Type 1 Diabetes.  I don't know what it was about hearing it yesterday but it stung  more then normal.  Tears came to my face. So much so I had to take a shower so my kids wouldn't see me crying.  

I'm not sure why it hit me so hard yesterday.  Maybe it's because we have been struggling lately.  Maybe it's the time of year.  I'm not sure but it is still stinging and I can't get this family off my mind.  Knowing all they are going through, what they are "in for" takes me back to the day Princess was diagnosed.  

I know, strange that I don't revert back to Lovebug's diagnosis, which came first but I guess Princess's was that much more poignant. Particularly because I knew exactly what to expect the second time around.  I knew what we were in for, what she was going to be facing.  I knew how life was going to change for her and for us. My heart breaks for this child, who is old enough to know what is going on, unlike my girls who were both diagnosed at age 3.  How much different life will be for this child.  What the family and child will have to deal with on a daily basis.  The struggles and fears they will face together.  It's all right out there for me to see, and they will see all of it soon.  Just like we did with Lovebug.  

That was the "bliss"( if you want to call it that) of Lovebug's diagnosis. We didn't realize right away what we were really facing.  Don't get me wrong, we KNEW it was very serious, but we didn't realize the emotional and physical tole it would take on us and our entire family.  

I wish I didn't know.  I wish that I didn't hurt. I wish this child and family wasn't hurting right now.  I wish that no one had to hurt like this.  I WANT A CURE for my girls and all the other kids (and adults) out there who have to deal with this disease 24/7.  Maybe someday there will be but until then we will just keep fighting for that cure and pray that it is sooner then later. 



Denise aka Mom of Bean said...

Interesting, isn't it, when those feelings hit harder than at other times. Can't wait until those newly dx'd can hear the words "no need to worry, we have a cure for that" and we can all celebrate together the cure that has come for our kids and others we love!

Holly said...

I know how you feel...back in those naive days. ; ) I didn't know the number was up to 40/day now. : ( It just keeps growing.
Still praying. I know it'll come. hugs!

Anonymous said...

Very sorry another child was diagnosed. 1 in 40.... Not good with statistics and never figured the actual number out... I did not know it was that high. That family will learn how to survive, how to live with D. They are lucky you are there to help them. I always feel the later in life you are diagnosed the better, just from a health standpoint. Each age you are dx'd with faces its own challenges. Our DD was dx'd at eight and I considered that too young. I would not have prefered having her dx'd at 3 years.... I think the younger the child the harder the diagnosis, the harder the management issues. At dx, a Mom with a 13 year old was coming down with us on the elevator as we were leaving the hospital and she mentioned how much easier it would be for us, as our child was just dx'd at 8, and 13 was a very difficult age to be dx'd. She had good reasons for thinking this, as teens are not compliant plus the hormones at puberty/teen years making D especially hard to manage. But, the later the better is still my motto. It is very hard, this life with D. But life is worth fighting for. I believe we will see a cure or therapy within the next 15 years; I know it in my bones. Until then, hang in there!

bleedingfinger said...

Great Post!! Sometimes its hard to believe I'm reading my wife's blog. You can sure put emotions to words like no other. I feel those emotions along with you. I love you a lot.


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