And let me preface this also by saying that this may even bristle some feelings within the T1D community. Everyone has their own feelings about it and that is their right. OUR feelings have always been - as is our right - (which is not to say that anyone else's feelings or approach is wrong or not valid in any way) that our family approach would be to look at this disease as just another part of life to be dealt with and we would try to be as positive as we could be (because personally I am a glass half-full type of person).
Anyway, since her diagnosis at age 3, we have put on a strong and brave face in front of our now type 1 diabetic daughter and tried to model the behavior we wanted her to embody.
I have blogged on occasion about what an outstanding young person she is, the strength of character and bravery she has at such a young age. I really do look up to her. She, in spite of her own "hardships," feels great empathy and compassion for others - putting others needs before her own in many cases. Really quite something.
In any event, there was a medical-type show on the television today and there was a boy with a debilitating and painful condition on this show. Her attention tends to be drawn to other children with medical conditions. And I just stopped and I sat there and watched her take notice. She almost didn't want to watch at first. The boy was brave and had an amazing spirit which she admired. But after watching most of the segment looked back and quietly said that she was glad that she "only had type 1 diabetes."
I can appreciate her comparison and her getting that point at such a young age. We have always encouraged her to realize many things about type 1 diabetes.
She can do anything that anyone else can do (except join the military and drive a commercial vehicle across state lines - yeah - go figure!)
She can walk
She can talk
She can eat
She can see
She can hear
She can play
She can go to school
She can LIVE!
The list goes on and on!
I know she is young. But I hope she can keep this attitude throughout her lifetime.
There is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes but we always have HOPE!