I saw a t-shirt recently that said, “Type 1 diabetes doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mom who never gives up.” Having being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at such a young age, my mother was tasked with the majority of the medical care and responsibility. When I was in my teenage rebellion period—in denial about my diabetes and not wanting to do what was necessary to keep my blood sugar under control—she never missed a beat. Mom was always right there in the middle of the night testing my glucose to ensure I didn’t go too low or high. The dedication that my mom and so many other T1 moms show is inspiring and something I think most people on the outside don’t realize.
Here, my tribute to all the T1D moms out there: