WHAT A WEEK...my head is still spinning as we "speak" :)
but there is no time to rest I must BLOG !!
WE DID IT
We = a wonderful, passionate and strong group of D parents, an amazing Catholic School Board Trustee, and everyone in the D community that showed their support by writing letters, phoning trustee's, getting the word out and showing their love with words of encouragement. We ALL did it and thank you.
On October 12th 2010 an amended motion was passed for our local Catholic School Boards administration to develop a consistent policy for dealing with children with chronic illness with a sub category for children with type 1 diabetes.
It has been a long road and a even bigger fight...click HERE to start at the beginning. But we are half way there.
In January the policy will be reviewed by the Board. (and of course I will always keep you posted)
October the 12th was like nothing I have EVER experienced. We (my family) got a very early start to the day. At 5:15 my oldest daughter Kailyn was dropped off at school for a wonderful 4 day leadership school trip. We all were so excited for her the whole weekend was spent shopping, packing and preparing for the days to come. After my husband had dropped her off at 5:30 we very quietly went back to sleep but only for a few moments. My alarm went off at 6:45, time to prepare for a radio interview about the motion that I hoped would pass that evening. 7:15 the phone rang and the interview was on. My heart was beating out of my chest, I knew that this was live and I just hoped to do my local D parents proud with the rambling that was surely going to come out of my mouth. Five minutes later it was all done...Thank God!! I got the message out and I think that people could understand what I had said. I wanted to go back to sleep but no time...kids had to go to school. Once everyone was on the bus, the babies feed and all was quiet it was time to sneak a little computer time in for myself.
In my hotmail was a email for me to please contact our local news channel.
Holy COW!! Of course I was on that phone within minutes and within two hours the reporter and her camera were at my door to interview Myself and Cara. Kirstin, Cara's little sister even made an appearance in the interview. The funny thing was that earlier that morning Kirstin was watching t.v. and she asked me "why can't I be in the t.v.?" Well now she is :)
By this time I had had one of the earliest morning in a long while, completed a radio interview, sent some kids off to school, cleaned my main floor of the house at mock speed, showered and got semi-ready, bathed the girls and got them completely ready,completed a t.v. interview and now it was 2:00pm and I was exhausted. Before I knew it my mother, another D mama and myself were off to the board meeting. It started at 7:00pm, after a few other groups spoke on different topics it was our turn. First up a wonderful diabetic educator, who by the way has been type 1 for 47 years (I believe she said). On parents request she goes into the schools and talk to whom ever will listen about our children and type 1. Next up myself and fellow D dad that I was happy to share my time with :) Marc(some of you may read his blog). After which we were interviewed for the local paper, I believe when it was all said and done it was around 9:15ish.
AND it was all worth it because the board finally understood and listened and made the decision to pass the amended motion for all Catholic Schools in our area to have a policy within the schools for all children who are living with a chronic disease.
Never in a million year would I have pictured myself so involved, focused and outspoken on topics that are so important. This has been an amazing experience and something I would never take back. It's one of those moments you realize if T1 was not in our life we would have never had this chance to grow.
AND my goodness for everyone out there always remember...
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE