Thursday, January 12, 2012
Cara came home today with this wonderful page to fill out.
This huge paper was filled with questions like how old are you? where do you live? grade? teacher? members of family?
I was just waiting to see if type 1 diabetes came up at all?
When I grow up I would like to be a?
Her answer: A Princess Nurse.
She could not decide if she wanted to be a princess or a nurse so we just combined them...why not right?
BTW without diabetes being a nurse would not even be on her radar. Only because of D has she learned how amazing and fabulous nurses are. She absolutely loves "A" her nurse at school and of course she loves all her nurses at our D clinic.
I am a star because? (which Cara immediately turned into I am a rock star because?)
Her answer: I love to sing Chipmunk songs. Which is soooo true, she rocks the Chipmunk songs on Youtube. ( I will have to take a video and post it one day :)
However if I was the one answering for Cara I would defiantly say: she ROCKS type 1 diabetes, with all the pokes, the highs and the lows, she is a D rock star.
Now when we came to the question "write three super-cool facts about yourself here" I thought for sure, this one is all type 1 diabetes.
However, Cara had different ideas of what made her super-cool.
"I run fast" and she does. She just flies and we love that about her. She is always racing through the house, playing outside usually consists of many little running races. Whatever she does she is always done everything before any of her siblings. She is just FAST. I can't wait to see her race around that track one day soon.
"I can dance" and boy does that girl love to dance especially while singing her favorite Chipmunk or Selena Gomez songs.
The third fact took a little time, it took a lot of thinking. Hmmmm what else? she said looking at me.
I didn't want to interfere with her thinking process, I wanted to see where D stood. Would it even make the list?
I asked her what else makes you super-cool, what else makes you special? As I tried to keep the opinionated older siblings (Connor and Kylie) from saying the words you have type 1 diabetes, she finally said "Ummmmm, I know! I'm diabetes"
Yep and there is was, in a good way of course, the way I want her to look at having type 1 diabetes. For her at this age diabetes is not so negative. Yes, there is shots and pokes and pumps and site change but the positive defiantly out ways the negative for Cara right now...or at least we work very, very hard to make it seem that way.
This page really showed me the difference in thinking about diabetes between Cara and myself. To Cara T1D is an afterthought in here world right now. Of course, when she feels low or when it is time for site change it makes its way to the top of her list. But in her everyday life there is so many other things that makes her, her and so many things that are soooo much more important to her that she hardly has time to give D a thought.
Me on the other hand could have made every single answer on that question page about type 1 diabetes. No matter what I'm doing, what time of day, if Cara is with me or not (it is usually worse if Cara is not with me) it is there on the very TIPPY TOP of my list...constantly and always until a cure is found.
Personally, I love the way Cara looks at diabetes and I hope that does not change for a very long time!!
Posted by Nicole at 9:28 AM