Yesterday, I joined the diabetes community by watching the Diabetes Hope Conference. This virtual conference was at times difficult for me to watch. Please let me explain. As most of you know my son was diagnosed at the age of 12 a little over a year ago. As a single mom, this past year and his new way of life has been one of survival. Some day’s feeling like we barely survived.
I did not have time to think about the ever lurking complications that diabetes brings. To be a little more honest I know that I have not let myself feel the scary feelings of what could happen to my son in the future.
The crew from TuDibaetes – Manny, Emily and Mike were very transparent and sincere with their comments, which led me to attempt to feel fully my emotions of what my son could possibly face in the future. Their honesty was refreshing in that they truly explored the fear and anxiety that many face with this disease but worked without effort to share that they too don’t wish to think about complications.
This virtual conference gave me an understanding that hope in regard to Type 1 Diabetes is not in the belief that my son will be free of complications in his life, but hope being an understanding that he will be surrounded by a community that will support, encourage and uplift him in his journey.
Emily Coles of TuDiabetes shares her thoughts on this subject in this post.