When you talk to enough families with children or parents with diabetes, one consistent theme stands out. Everyone is in it together. It takes a team to watch out for each other. And that is especially true when children are diagnosed as young as 15 months, like Will, or 3 years old, like Sophie. And one of the hardest things about living with diabetes is when you have to trust others to be a part of your team.
“When Sophie or Will go to a friend’s house, they have to be prepped,” explains Amy, the mother. “I don’t think people realize that when diabetes is present in your life, you always think about it. We have to think about it for a birthday party. We have to think about Will eating cake while a lot of people take it for granted that they can just drop their kids off anywhere and they will be pretty safe.”
Although most kids with diabetes must grow up faster than other kids, they still rely on those closest to them for support. Which explains why Sophie considers her mom her hero. Which also explains why Amy considers her parents her heroes. Fact is, the family matters a lot.