Hi, I’m Stephanie, mom to Lily and Griffin, wife to Jeff. Lily was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June 2016. Writing has always helped me make sense of the things happening in my life. This blog is a place for me to process, grieve, educate, vent, explore, find hope, and ultimately move forward. First and foremost, this is therapy for me, but I hope others can find some inspiration and healing here too.
My daughter’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis has been the most profound and devastating thing to ever happen to me and my family, but from struggle we gain strength. Adversity demands growth. She reminds me of this everyday when she wakes up with a smile on her face, no matter how bad her day was before, or how many times we had to bug her in the night. She is the one who feels the physical effects of this non-stop battle, but she is by far the bravest of us all. Through the shots, the finger pricks, the site changes, the highs, the lows, the shaking, the lethargy, the manic-ness of a body desperate for glucose, she always bounces back, happier and stronger than before. She is my biggest inspiration and all my reasons.
I’m not claiming to be an expert at managing diabetes, but I’m slowly becoming a decent “momcreas.” Her numbers are not always awesome – not even half the time. This isn’t a place for me to brag about her A1C (blood test), her always-straight Dex lines, or the perfect low carb diet we maintain (because those things doesn’t exist in our household). I may celebrate small successes, but mostly I will be writing about the daily struggles as a means to find strength, make peace, and ultimately find acceptance. Thanks for reading.