Not another one
After watching Sam's levels slowly rise over a 2 year period, September 2009 was the month that he was formally diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, two months before his 17th birthday. I am so proud of the way Sam has accepted this challenge with such confidence and ease.
Things happen for a reason
I am not sure why so many things have happened to us but I am now trying to make a difference to other people who have been affected by diabetes.
Starting my own business in 2004, I designed and created funky, bright, useful, convenience based products to help manage diabetes. With so many diabetics in my family already, I had a great amount of experience and knowledge of what is needed to make diabetes as convenient and manageable as possible.
Having spoken at conferences around Australia, New Zealand and at the International Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Congress – Montreal, Canada, I hope that by telling my story and the positive way we deal with diabetes in our family – it will never stop our children from doing anything, the same way it never stopped their father. It may help other families to look at their lifes and realize that life isn’t that bad even though they may have diabetes or another illness. Yes it is hard and certainly an inconvenience, however there are many other disease’s we could have, which would not allow us or our children to live as full a life as we can with diabetes.
I love the fact that I am helping others and I feel this also helps me, as the business has been a great distraction when things start to play on my mind.
As diabetes, Type 1 and predominantly Type 2 affect a huge population, I hope that I can help spread the word that managing diabetes and being positive has so many benefits. If we as a family can be positive with what challenges we have been handed, there is no reason why other families can’t!
This is my motto:
“A Pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, An Optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty” by Sir Winston Churchill
Take care and always enjoy life, whichever direction it may take you.