A Sister’s Passion for Life; Drives me to my Knees.

JoAnneIn honor of my Dad’s birthday today, I’m choosing to write about someone who was extremely close to my dad and who has had a monumental impact on my life.  I could do this on her birthday but if you knew how close this woman was to my dad, you would understand.  She is, by far, one of the strongest women I have ever known.

She is my oldest sister, JoAnne.  There are six kids in our family and I’m the youngest and JoAnne is the oldest with only 7 1/2 years (no twins) separating us (you can start if you wish, but over the years we have all heard every joke there is about this :) ).

Years ago JoAnne was stricken with MS.  At the end of it all, she has been left unable to really move very much from her neck down.  I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this because she would not be happy with me and being the older sister, I really do not want the phone call chastising me.  And it is THAT spirit that has been such an inspiring factor in my life.

JoAnne is a lot like my dad.  To say she is strong-willed would be an understatement, and in all of the years she has been in this state, not once–never–ever, have I heard her complain about the position she is in.  She has a fabulous sense of humor and an incredible ear to listen and she is the mother of six children, eleven grandchildren, and one cat (who jumps up on her shoulder EVERY morning to say hello to her and ‘nuzzle’ her face).

She has the people who care for her and people are always coming and going in her apartment.  Yes, she lives in an apartment because THAT is how she wants it.  There has been a ton of hardship in her life and as a single mom, she certainly has had her share of ‘life’ to deal with, certainly more than most.  And she has not complained about THAT either.

She has an uncanny memory for movies, movie roles, and movie lines (our favorite is Alastair Sim in a Christmas Carol—to us, it’s the only version worth watching). She LOVES baseball and in particular, CC Sabathia of the NY Yankees.  She has an incredible faith and she has a wonderful laugh.  Her mind has not diminished one iota and one would be foolish to think you would ever get the upper hand in any discussion unless you knew all of the facts, because she will nail you on it every time.

If something happens in our lives, and we feel she has enough on her plate and she should not be bothered, the phone will undoubtedly ring asking, not only, what is going on; but why was she not called?

You see, to JoAnne (which she was named and spelled the way it is because my dad was Joe, and my mom was Anne) lives life about everyone else.  She will send a note, make a call, and care about those around her always and in all ways before she will ever think of her own needs.

That is my sister. When we moved into our first house, TJ was just born and I was painting the entire inside of the house before we could move in, it was a huge undertaking to do by myself.  I would have never finished on time if that doorbell did not ring and there she was in paint clothes ready to work.  She stayed until we finished.

Her life was full of her kids and dance schools, baseball games, and parties at her house.  Even now, we have our sibling Christmas party at her house each year, because she would not have it any other way.

So as we go through our lives, fretting over the things we fret over, when I think I have it tough I think of JoAnne.  Do I think of all of the hardship she has?  Not really, I think of the spirit she has, the determination she has, the drive she has, and the love she has to move forward every day and how she uses that to blind the world around her just how tough she has it.  That is enough to humble one to their knees.

She is my dad’s legacy in so many ways………which today, on his birthday, is a great reminder for all of us.  Happy Birthday Dad, and I love you SC (a nickname); dad would be beyond proud in the way your very life is such an example of the phrase:
‘Love One Another’.

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Yes an Old Dog Can, and so Should We…..Even as a Reminder.

Old dogNo matter how long you have had diabetes in your life, learning is an ongoing practice.  Today, a few things to think about:

Checking your child’s blood glucose in the middle of the night is surely your call; but I can tell you that 4-5-6 checks throughout a normal night may be something you might want to look into.  Find a balance.

If you are running to pick your child up at school each time their number runs high, you may want to speak to someone to find out when removal from school is necessary.  We picked up our children, or kept them home, just a handful of times in the 16 years of schooling between the two of them with T1.  That is not to say their numbers were always perfect, quite the opposite, but to spend a little time in the health office and returned to class when appropriate always seemed the best options for us.  I don’t know what’s right or wrong but millions of people have had this disease over the years and surely that balance needs to be found.

NO…….NO……NO….it’s NOT wrong that some have chosen to home-school their child.  Whether diabetes or not; it is no one’s business telling a family what they should or should not do in this matter.  I cannot tell you how many I know who have home-schooled their children and the results in every case I know (at least) is most impressive…….looking back, I’m not so sure I would not have given that more thought years ago.

You own no one an explanation on giving your child a cell phone (or not).  One piece of advice; staying connected is a good thing but if your child feels it’s just another way to be hounded, it will end up turned off and a battle ground will be created between you both.  Again, find the balance, set the parameters from the get-go.  Let them know that it is a wonderful device which they can use but you need them to do ‘X, Y, & Z’ for them to continue with that privilege.  Once the boundaries are set, it becomes clear what is expected.  The boundaries can change also.  Listen to your child and they will listen to you (okay, not always, they’re kids I get it).

I have said this one a million times.  A medical ID bracelet or necklace is a non-negotiable.  It’s to be worn always.  My daughter was an EMT on an ambulance and she has had T1 since being diagnosed at the age of 2 in 1992—-the wonderful first responders, as a general rule, do not look on sneaker laces, or pins, or anywhere else one thinks the alert is okay to wear it.  Around the wrist or around the neck.  Period.

I know it might be a first reaction to feel/say, “…..this is MY child and I know what is right and will do it our way……”

Point taken.

That being understood, also remember that there are very few things that will happen now that diabetes is the new normal that will be completely unique to just you.  It may seem like it is just you and your child against the world but I can tell you 22+ years strong, and as active as we have chosen to be, that I have seen very little that someone else had not also gone through.  I rely on the community we are now in.  Even just recently, we were in a situation that was fairly unique to us and I reached out to a few people who I knew faced similar circumstances.

Check with your medical team (Doc, CDE, RD, etc.).  Ask others.  Read all you can.   Educate yourself.  Find the balance.  For the newly diagnosed, and those at it over twenty years—–a few simple things to hear and/or be reminded is not such a bad thing.

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“Your Child with T1 MUST Be on a Pump”………


Highway…………hmmmmmmmmm I don’t think so.

“No, that cannot be correct.  You have to do XYZ with your child who has T1 diabetes.  My doctor told me, the world’s greatest endo in ABC City told me, and the Pope told me……it cannot be done any other way.  So YOU must do it this way too or your kid will be in BIG TROUBLE.”

Hmmmmmmmm…..what would my world be like if I did everything I was told by ‘the experts’ that I should not do?  What would your world look like?

Well, acting was definitely ‘out’—I cannot begin to tell you how many people ‘in the know’ told me THAT was a bad choice because THEY KNEW.  They were wrong.

Because I had a speech impediment when a child, I was never going to do any public speaking and many did not want me ‘on their team’ because it took too long to understand me.  They were wrong.

I should be satisfied with the way diabetes treatment was, because ‘the pump’ would never work and we should never think that it would ever be used in everyday use…….and even if it did, not for kids or the newly diagnosed.  They were wrong.

Amazing the things people think ‘they have the right’ to impose on others.  I’m always open for advice, something new can always be learned; but I do not have to do it your way…….I’m going to do my homework educating myself and read-read-read-investigate-investigate-investigate, speak to thousands of people, and move forward with MY choice.

In addition to not taking ‘others’ word as gospel, I have also learned that just because it is not true today, it does not mean it will not be true tomorrow.  One of anything cannot be in use in 2009, be perfected, and be the standard in 2015.

Keep your mind open and most of all, your eyes open.  We, are people; we make mistakes.  If one is very persistent on something you do…..being just as persistent back at them will lead to probably nothing more than frustration.  Friction and friction—-will only get you heat; as I have always said.  Listen, thank people for their input, and make the call.

If you see two people ‘going at it’ be careful about getting involved because chances are you will do little to change anyone’s mind anyway.   I have better things to do than to get into an argument about anything.  As I get older, being ‘right’ is only important in my choices.

Read-educate-act.  Something to think about.

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“Stranded at the Drive-In”——Person with T1 Told No Food Allowed In.

Drive n DelseaJohn Travolta’s character in Grease sang that song when he was left high and dry at the drive-in movie theatre by Sandy, his true love.  It looks like Danny Zuko is not the only one having problems at the local neighborhood drive-in movies.

Dr. John Deleonardis is a pediatrician who also owns a movie theatre in New Jersey.  A drive-in movie theatre to be exact. Recently Dr. Deleonardis made news because he denied a young man the right to bring food into the drive-in, even though the young man has type 1 diabetes.

When the confrontation occurred and Dr. Deleonardis was asked about the entire situation he responded, “My time shouldn’t be occupied at the box office trying to explain to people.  We have a website.  It tells you about this.  If you don’t want to go to that, don’t come.”

Hmmmmmmm………………………Is this attitude the same as telling someone to go elsewhere if no handicapped ramp is available for a wheel chair?

Clearly the Doctor owns a business and it’s his call to run his business except in cases when he is violating someone else’s rights.  In a case involving SFX Entertainment denying entrance to venue holding a concert, it was found that:
“Should a guest arrive at a venue with food that is brought for diabetic purposes, an event staffer or supervisor, upon confirming that the food is in fact being brought for diabetic purposes, shall permit the guest to bring that food into the venue as an exception to the venue’s general policy prohibiting guests from bringing their own food into the venue. Should the food require refrigeration, the event staffer should offer to allow the guest to store the food in the refrigerator in the First Aid Room.”  (http://www.ada.gov/sfxinc.htm)

Somewhere in the story the ‘good-doctor/owner’ also stated that diabetes-friendly food (would have loved to know what THAT was?) was available at the concession stand for sale.  It’s here where I believe he will find his case lost; as it needs to be readily available for emergency purposes as the findings in the SFX Entertainment case.

The family of course feels humiliated and many have stated how they do not understand how it got to this point.  Statements like:
“Why did they not just have his diabetes bag under the seat”.
“Why did they allow a check of his back-pack.”
“The snacks could have easily been hidden.”

All of these statements are true in the fact that they could have been done and done easily, that stated; it’s not the point.  Seems to me the Doctor may have his hands tied with legalities if this family wants, and chooses, to bring an action against him.  The courts would have to decide the merits of all parties.

My guess is also that postings, more than just the drive-in movie website, will be in order stating exactly what the policy is in agreement with the laws of the American Disabilities Act.  The doctor may also have a little PR problem on his hands in the fact that………well…….he is a pediatrician——and his actions may just seem a tad insensitive, but I will leave that to public opinion.

Now we can get in a rage about this story and we surely have seen it before; but if you want to do something, find out the laws exactly as needed and advocate for change.  Anger and hostile comments are all over the internet about this incident and you can find them……..join them…..and surely utilize your amendment rights.  But if you are THAT angry about it, take up the cause and run with it.

Years and years ago, the wonderful and mega-talented Crystal Jackson was just not so happy with the way things were done in her child’s school.  Now she, and her team at the American Diabetes Association, have changed history with what is expected in schools.  Crystal could have spent a lot of time yelling and screaming.  Now she negotiates as much as she can and when needed, she lets the law do her yelling.

If the movie theater story ‘pisses you off’—-get it off your chest.  But get ready to get to work on it, or the yelling is a moot point except to blow off steam.  One can turn a deaf ear to noise, but when a judge lowers that gavel, it’s heard by the world.

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We Have our Own Language You Know…….TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED!!!!!

HighI remember growing up that my friend Gary, who is now a minster doing God’s work, and his family had this really unique way of calling each other.  We were at the mall together and I was with Gary’s sister, Diane.  I stated that we had to find Gary and she said, “I’ll get him.”  She proceeded to pucker her lips in such a fashion as if to whistle but instead of air going out, she drew it in and she made this really high-pitched loud whistle.  the whistle was so unique one could never mistake it for anything unless you knew the meaning behind the sound.

Gary knew the sound and within seconds he was making his way to where Diane and I were standing.  A sound so unique, only their family knew what it meant.  Their own language almost.  I remember it to this day and I always found it so fascinating the way they communicated when they needed to find each other.

In our world of diabetes, I think it is important to remember that we, too, have our own sound.  Our own words.  It’s important to remember that we need to sometimes go a little more in-depth explaining something or translate words others would never understand.

Should you be speaking to a school nurse or any medical personnel; using words like dexcom, cgm, ‘the minimed’ or ‘animas’, high, low, and other words may not be fully understood as readily as we think, or would like.  Remember that the words you use all the time in our ’everyday diabetes world’ are not spoken by others and explanations might be in order.

Do not wait for them to ask something or to stop you and inquire, as you speak you should have little ‘tag lines’ of explanations.  This might help avoid a call later or avoid any explanations needed.  “XYZ’s continuous glucose monitor, we call it a CGM or her Dexcom, is something that monitors her blood glucose constantly and should not be taken off her”.

There are other words that we use and there have been many points of humor shared like in a supermarket when XYZ yells down the aisle, “Mom, I’m high and need a shot.”  We have shared those type of incidents over the years and the “public’s” misunderstanding of meanings only we understand.

My point today is that surely we have enjoyed the humor of misunderstandings of phrases we take for granted, but remember ESPECIALLY when dealing with medical personnel, that our understanding is not theirs.  Infusion, monitor, sites, check/test, and many other words are not readily understood by many you think would/should understand.  Always take that ‘one second’ as you speak to make sure your point is clear.

We understand…….others, not always.  Make sure they do.  Not everyone hears the ‘whistle’ that we know with each other.  Food for thought.

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This is a REAL BIG Mistake!!!!! We Need to Stand Up and Take Notice.

Someone else do itHow many times have we all seen the statements of how much more education is needed for the world to understand diabetes?  The differences between T1 and T2 as well as so many other aspects dealing with this insidious disease are constantly being reflected in articles, posts, and in all media; and we are always asking for more.

As this week’s media took flight with the plight of mental illness and the so many unknowns, maybes, ifs, and might-have-beens; I could not help but think to myself that our feelings of misunderstandings may very well be universal.  It may very well be that many, dare I say, all disease-states live and suffer with the understanding that no one understands what ‘we go through’.  It doesn’t matter who the ‘we’ are; diabetes, cancer, mental illness, MS, and the list continues, I bet they also feel the world needs to be better educated.  Why would they feel any other way?

A doctor on a cancer sight actually wrote this about Robin Williams this week: I am sure that he had poor medical / psychological advice.

Wow.  Really?

Opinions.  My goodness they are everywhere and I think it’s important to realize that everybody has an opinion, even when they are not involved in a situation.  Even, as e all know from experience, when they have no clue on which they speak.  That opinion can be across an entire spectrum of disease-states as well as those closely surrounding us in the diabetes world.

In the diabetes community it is often said that we are not alone.  Others are going through what we are going through and we will be there for each other.  When it comes to the public-at-large, it’s equally important to understand that many, many others; who have a cause very close to their own hearts—-are also fighting to be noticed in a space that seems very large but full as well…….and getting fuller.

My point in this is that we not only need to depend on ourselves for our self-support, but it will also be up to us to make our own way in the world; it will be up to us to also make our voices heard.  When a JDRF or an ADA—or even an individual with a mission on diabetes awareness is asking our help; if our diabetes community-at-large does not circle the wagons and help an initiative—-at the end of the day—-we will have no one to blame but ourselves that more people do not know or understand OUR diabetes.

No we cannot do everything, everywhere…….but just don’t do nothing.  This in ALL things diabetes–advocacy, fund-raising for research, support, and every aspect of diabetes.  If we want to look at the numbers; (let’s just agree for now) that there are 1.5 million people with T1 diabetes and CDC’s new numbers put the total diabetes population at 29.1 million.  If we take just 10% of that number with family members (x3) that would translate to 8.7 million people DOING SOMETHING regarding diabetes……and that’s how many there are doing something with diabetes…..right?


I don’t think that number would even be at 1% (870,000 people engaged).  Now if you are reading this, already, you are more active than most, and I do believe the T1 population is more-engaged, but do you think that the same 1% of PWDs and their family (numbering 45,000) involved with T1 are actually involved in some way? How about 2% (90,000), 3% (135,000)?  In any case, having just 1-3 percent involved (I’ll be generous) means that 97% is not.  That needs us to take notice.

This information lends the thought process that perhaps we need to start thinking how to engage the millions and millions of PWDs and their family members a little more, before we start asking/expecting the outside world for a slice of their attention.

If our own population cannot get 1%-3% to engage, why would we think the world-at-large doesn’t also have enough to do than pay attention?

Now I know, in almost all things, the smaller number does the most amount of work so one of two things need to happen: 1. We get more people involved.  2. The people already engaged, do not let one opportunity get by without doing something, or fall back in say in saying-”let someone else do it”.

When all is said and done the translation is simple; if we don’t do it——–it isn’t happening.

Where are you in the mix?

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A Young Lady who has a Voice that Will Just Make You “BELIEVE”!!!!!!

JennyWe are working diligently on creating the video to be utilized when a child is newly diagnosed.  Over 150 people from around the world sent us photographs of their incredible kids doing incredible things.

I often write about our kids, because I think THEY ARE THE inspiration for everything that happens; for everything we do.  I have often written about the wonderful things they do and I will ALWAYS and in ALL WAYS continue to share their stories.  Today is such a day, and at the end—-a wonderful surprise.

I was sent a video the other day which featured an incredible young singer, that must be shared.  Jenny will be a senior in high school this year.  She was diagnosed just two weeks prior to her 10th birthday.  Some say that Jenny has a good voice, but to say that Jenny has a good voice would be like saying a Maserati is just a car.  Jenny does not have just a good voice, Jenny has a once-in-a-lifetime type voice that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you hear her.  When you watch her video which I will share in a moment, notice the poise and effortless manner in which Jenny carries herself.  Her very presence demands the stage, and she surely captures your heart.

As if that was not enough for a young lady at the age of ten, it is important to note that at the time of her diagnosis Jenny was appearing on Broadway in The Color Purple.  Except for her diagnosis, Jenny has never once missed a show or a rehearsal in anything that she has done.

In addition to her wonderful work to continue her singing career, she also likes to dance and loves performing in general.  Traveling and ‘hanging with friends’ fills out this young life so without further ado, click this link to enjoy one incredible voice. In Jenny’s life, diabetes will just not limit her to anything.  Wearing a cgm and an insulin pump, this young lady is taking on the world.
Click this link to hear Jenny, and after, continue reading—I have a special guest.

Well if that doesn’t give you chills………..

I have a friend of mine, Sandra, who I have known for years and she and her husband have been in this diabetes battle for about the same length of time we have.  At the time, their son and my daughter, 3000 miles apart, were being diagnosed with diabetes; we were both placed on a roadway to make a difference.

Sandra’s husband is none other than the incredible master of music, multi award winner, Alan Silvestri.  I was so moved by Jenny’s performance, I sent it to Sandra to ask Alan to listen to it.  If you do not know, Mr. Silvestri, along with Glen Ballard, wrote that wonderful song from Polar Express which was sung by Josh Groban in the movie, and by Jenny here today.  :)   Upon hearing Jenny’s rendition, Alan said; “It’s through a beautiful voice like Jenny Mollet’s that we continue to receive the much needed message of hope.”

That, my friends, is about as good as it gets.  Hope indeed! Way to go Jenny!!!

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The Hardest Thing to Understand……..When a Disease Acts Like a Disease.

Robin Williams 3Ever have one of those days.  Just a day that you might need a friend to talk to, it happens from time to time.  Not a lot, but time to time.

When I have those days I have a few people I can speak to, and I do.  But every now and again, those people are involved in their lives as well.  I’m not that narcissistic to believe that at any given time anyone should be available for what ever I need, life just des not work like that, nor should it.  But it surely is nice to have a friend when you need one.

Life should be movement.  All of us should be moving all the time and on the occasions we connect, well that can be quite useful.

But there is another side to that also.  We need to be able to stand alone.

One of the things I have learned over the years is to be ready to face whatever I may be facing, alone.  If you choose to get rid of the problem, deal with the problem; than you will also be able to live with whatever emotion that you are feeling.  It took a long tome for me to learn that; it took many ‘test’ to become strong.

Of course recent days’ events, in particular, the untimely death of Robin Williams teaches us that this is easy for some and…….well……….impossible for others.  If we are able to recognize situations and place them in their proper compartments, we should recognize that gift and be happy that we are unlike the many who are faced with problems as water flooding in and unable to stop, unable to place anywhere……and “overwhelmus” (a word created by the late, great, and dear Dr. Richard Rubin) wins out.

I’m unsure why some can handle life’s problems and move forward and others are stymied by the smallest of incidents.  Life is life.  Life needs to be handled.  We are all given life to deal with and we are all also given life to enjoy.  And sometimes, as Mr. Williams life clearly illustrates, it’s truly, “Tears of a Clown” where the outside is smiling and the inside is tormented beyond comprehension.

I have constantly lectured, discussed, and written about staying positive with diabetes.  To choose to live positive and look for the positive.  It’s what I do.  It took a long, long time for me to able to do that in a productive manner.  “Choose” to do anything is never as easy as it looks.  It’s a goal we all need to do to the best of our ability.

I’m a huge, huge fan of Robin Williams and always will be.  Mostly because one of his biggest influences was Jonathan Winters who also influenced my good friend and college-chum, comedian Bob Nelson—–all brilliant.  In watching Bob before ‘there was’ a Robin Williams, allowed me to truly appreciate the mega-talent of that physical and lightening-fast humor.  Brilliance is truly the right word in all of their talents.

Mr. Williams had the Erma Bomebeck-esque way of making you laugh until your sides hurt and then ‘zap’ you with a performance so real and so compelling that you’re moved beyond measure.

I have learned something over the last few days as so many asked the million “how-s’ and the million “why-s”.  I’m not sure how one can ‘just shake’ themselves of the feelings to drive yourself to what drove Mr. Williams to his end.  It’s surely not that simple.  It’s surely a disease.

I cannot ‘just shake’ my kids out of (incurable type 1) diabetes any more than Mr. Williams could have just ‘shaken’ his inner turmoil away.  It’s a disease.  He had a disease.

In ways I have never shared, and never will but to those closest to me, in my younger days I’ve been close.  One must work constantly, work diligently to try to deal with a disease.  And no matter what we read and what we see and what we observe about other’s disease, if you don’t have it, don’t judge and…………..just be glad of the obvious………

……..that you don’t have it.

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The Merry-Go-Round………Take Time to……Well……Get Off!!!!!

merry-go-round-in-motionThe job you do…….well it’s amazing.  If you wrote down everything you did in a day, not dealing with diabetes, and also created a list of everything you do dealing with diabetes, and stepped back to look at them; you would think it could never be done…….but it is.  And it’s YOU who do it every day.

I do something every day that I think you should try to do it also.  I take 10 minutes out of each and every day (just about) for me……..just me.  I will sit with a cup of coffee by myself, or put on a song and sit and just take 10 minutes for…..well…..me.

I’m not sure who taught me to do that but I have been doing it for years and years and years.  I find the time to just stop.  When you are on a merry-go-round it picks up speed and goes faster and faster.  Everything goes by so fast.  Many times you will get dizzy if you are not careful.  Sit down in your back yard or on your porch and just sit.  Nothing.  For just 10 minutes.

You will find yourself more keenly aware of your surroundings and as you think, you will relax just a little, a smile will come across your face because you have thought of someone you know and like, knew and liked, a great time you had with friend, a great time doing something you liked……you will find time to think……..of you.

Find the time and be proud of what you do.  You are amazing.  You do incredible things.  You ARE an incredible person.   WHO better than to spend 10 minutes with……….than you.   Try it.

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The Dangers to Assume…….ANYTHING!!!!!!

odd coup;eWe live in a word where if you fall into the ‘assume trap’ you could be asking for real trouble.  We all remember that wonderful episode of the Odd Couple when Felix represents himself in court and his ‘witness’ uses the word ‘assume’.  It’s under a minute and worth the laugh….click here to see it.

In a more serious context, assuming is a very dangerous game when it comes to your child’s diabetes and one must always be on guard.  I read a wonderful story recently.  The story itself was scary actually, but what was wonderful was ‘mom’.  A child was undergoing surgery and every step of the way this mom asked each team member if they were aware of the child’s diabetes.  Many, sadly, were not.

Mom clearly was assuming…….well…….nothing.

As different specialists were bought in for the surgery (anesthesiologist etc). she ran down her check list and when she was met with “No, I was not told your child had diabetes”, this incredible mom was armed and ready.

Don’t assume your school knows what to do when there is a substitute teacher.  When your child comes home and informs you that a substitute was in, at some point over the next 24 hours touch upon the diabetes aspect and see if you can find out how the day was handled.  Do not assume that all you worked on with the school was passed to the substitute teacher.

Don’t always assume friends and relatives understand your child’s diabetes as well as you think they do.  Have a list of things that needed to be tended to; you will feel better about leaving your child if there is a reference guide for whomever will be with your child while you are away.

Don’t assume that because you ‘read it’ somewhere that it is the truth.  I’m amazed with what people say sometimes having really no idea of what they are saying.  Taking this way outside the box, we all pretty much know that cinnamon will not cure diabetes.   And yet, someone is always out there touting that it can.  That is an easy one but be wary of what people say; and do your own homework to find out the truth……..in anything you hear or read……do not assume……the clip tells you why.

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