I have friends of mine who live in New York. Bonnie and Howard have a son; and a daughter who lives with T1. Years ago, Bonnie informed me that her daughter was pretty athletic and that she played hockey. Sounding like I was ‘up’ on these type things, I stated that field hockey can be a grueling sport. She said; “Not FIELD hockey, ICE hockey.”
Girls and ice hockey? Now don’t beat me up yet; it was just something that I never thought of because I did not know. It had nothing to do with what I did or did not think a woman could do……it was just something I had not heard of before. There is a lesson here about always being open to learn new things or; on how it is important to understand that people do not know things–just because they do not know; but I will save all that for another day. Today is about doing…….doing things in-spite; despite; with; while; doing it WITH T1 diabetes.
Bonnie’s daughter six days a week (in-season) gets out on the ice and plays hard while managing her T1; she was diagnosed in ’09 at the age of 11.
This story happened years ago and I have since become a huge fan of the sport and actually when it comes to the Olympics, I enjoy the women more than the men. It’s more action and it’s about the game and not beating each other up. Bothers me a little that we always seem to come up just short of the Gold. Our friends up north in Canada surely dominate; and I remember screaming at the TV a few years ago watching our ladies go down in the Gold Medal Game.
Now I’m not sure what Bonnie and Howard’s daughter will do moving forward about playing hockey; but I loved Bonnie’s response when I asked her how they manage her daughter’s diabetes. She told me what her daughter does and then she said, “…..we do nothing different from any other family handling diabetes; we do what we have to do to get it done; she gets back out on the ice.”
She gets back out on the ice.
So although I am speaking about the Martin Family in New York today; today’s article is about all of you. Share what you do, to get your child “…back out on the ice.”
Because a mom and/or a dad is out there today with a child dealing with diabetes. New perhaps, perhaps for years; but on this day diabetes is getting the best of them. So like the Martins shared with me—-add your story of what your child does every day while dealing with diabetes. Today YOU INSPIRE someone else—-nothing is too small and nothing is too big….but share…….you could change someone’s life today. Why talk about celebrities…..when our inspirations are right under our roof.
Today I ask for your story of inspiration.
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