We could deal with that, we certainly wanted her to try anything she wanted in life. No boundaries, right? What could a 50 or 100 yard dash do?
“I think I will try cross-country?”
Seriously? Cross Country? In case you don’t know, cross-country is when students run like Forrest Gump did……forever. It is an endurance like none we expected. The havoc it can play on the body even without diabetes is well documented.
Kaitlyn has never been one to do anything half way. We were going to support that effort.
We were nervous, cautious, apprehensive, and concerned. But we let her try. There were adjustments to be made and a ton of worrying but off she went to give cross-country running a try. Jill did a ton of homework to find out what to do. She spoke to people, she read, and she did a ton of homework. When it started, Kaitlyn was ready. And so was her diabetes.
Now I am not here to tell you that she joined and won state championship after state championship…..she didn’t. But we did not hold her back from something she wanted to try; and believe me the temptation to say ‘no’ was monumental.
I read a post about a woman who was looking for someone in the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) who was familiar with wrestling. Her son took a liking to it and she wanted to make sure she was versed in the aspects needing attention. From the exhilaration of a match, to what to do with the pump; this mom was asking.
And here is the best part. Her child was not diagnosed for very long and he was (get ready now) 5 years old. Five!!!! When she stated to me that she wanted him to try anything he wanted with ‘his diabetes’ I wanted to jump through the connection and hug her. How great is that?
Is she up with her son at different times throughout the night? You bet. Does she have struggles just like the next person? Absolutely. But the most important thing she can do for her son was to ‘get him back in the game’.
Maybe it’s not wrestling, but life is for our kids to what ever they are capable of doing. Which life do you lead? Are you full of all of the things your child cannot do, or are you doing everything possible to get them ‘back in the game’? Only you can define what that means, but it is surely food for thought?
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