In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could? Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)
Being completely honest, when Justin was diagnosed it felt like our world completely crumbled down. I wasn't sure what he would be able to do. One of the very first things his endocrinologist said to us was "He's still your same little boy & he will still be able to do anything he wants."
He was diagnosed just a few days before Thanksgiving. He missed 1 day of school and he was back when everyone else was. He resumed scouts without missing any meetings. I tried hard to not avoid anything because of T1D. I am proud of everything that Justin does no matter what it is. After all he has this extra thing to deal with that most kids don't. At the moment while I'm typing this were at karate class. Diabetes does not keep him from anything!
I am certain he will be able to do whatever he wants as he grows up! With role models like Ryan Reed (NASCAR driver with T1D), he knows he can do ANYTHING!! Those that are reading this and not race fans may not really understand just how awesome it is what Ryan Reed is doing, they drove at about 180mph+, it's extremely hot inside the cars, and it takes strength and concentration to keep the car on the track!
I would have to say the best thing that has happened since diabetes entered his life would have to be the friends we have made. Friends that help each other out and listen to you vent and completely understand what your talking about.