Monday, May 9, 2011

D-Mamas and Poppas

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Today's Prompt: Pick a type of blogger who is different from you and tell us why they inspire you - why you admire them - why it’s great that we are all the same but different!!

I LOVE reading other Dblogs.  It's kind of a problem.  Any break in my day will find me sitting in some corner, phone in hand, Google Reader open.  I find it hard to keep up some days, which is a great problem to have!

I have learned a lot from my fellow D-bloggers.  But I feel like I have learned the most from the parents of children with diabetes out there.  Especially the D-mama bloggers.

My mom did most of my D care when I was a kid.  I've already written about my amazing mother here and here.  I know that my diabetes was emotionally and physically taxing for her.  It had to have been.  But she never let me see any of that.

Only now am I beginning to appreciate all the sacrifices she made for me over the years.  Through reading blogs by some of the awesome D-mamas (and a few D-poppas) out there, I am starting to see things she hid so well.  The fear.  The exhaustion.  The physical and emotional tolls of caring for a diabetic child.  

But these blogs also tells stories of triumph.  Of joy.  Of hope.  I treasure all these stories from the D-mamas.  Because of these stories, I've started talking more with my mom about what it was like for her.  

So to all the D-mamas and poppas out there: YOU.  ARE.  AMAZING.  You CWD is so blessed to have you.  Someday, they will be able to look back and say thank you.  I am thanking you now, for sharing your stories, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  You make me laugh and cry, sometimes in the same post.

Thank you for sharing.

17 comments:

  1. Awww....this was so refreshing to read! Thank you so much for the encouragement, my friend. There's a lot we hide from our kiddos too -- having the blog outlet, and support from the DOC, is really helpful -- THANK YOU!

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  2. I wrote mine about the parents of CWD too. It's a part of it that I didn't really think too much about. Even as a mom, I thought more about being there for my kids in the future than I did about what it would be like if they had diabetes. Reading the parent blogs has opened my eyes and make me appreciate my girls' working pancreases!

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  3. I agree! D-moms and dads are amazing and I've learned so much from them.

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  4. Jess!! You made me cry...again!

    Thank for the love. And thank you for always being there when Ive personally needed an ear to listen.

    Love you girly!

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  5. Big Smiles...and right back at you...B/c of you and the PWD crew we understand more of what having "D" is like...and how to hopefully avoid some of the psycho-social-emotional pitfalls. Your insight is invaluable.

    xoxo

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  6. What a great post! I think it is awesome it has opened up conversations with your mother. You are such an ispriation to me Jess! I'm so glad I found you!

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  7. Thank you Jess. I am a reader of your blog, but don't think I have ever posted before. Thanks for the shout out as a DMama. I enjoy reading about your life, you have lots to share and lots to teach us about raising healthy and happy children with diabetes. Thank YOU for sharing your life with us!

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  8. I'm so glad I found your blog through the D-Blog Week link. I look forward to getting to know you more. My 7 year old daughter is a T1 and I love to get the insights of PWDs. Thanks for blogging!

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  9. "I LOVE reading other Dblogs. It's kind of a problem. Any break in my day will find me sitting in some corner, phone in hand, Google Reader open. I find it hard to keep up some days, which is a great problem to have!"

    The mental imagery on this is AWESOME - and hysterical. Yet, so incredibly true and reflective of my own world. Thanks for sharing this, Jess. I so completely agree. But just the same, I appreciate your voice and every single person's insights more than bloggy words can ever describe. Thanks for being who you are.

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  10. Anytime a young person like you takes the time to thank a parent(s), it's appreciated. It's really nice that you're talking to your mom and letting her know that her hard work is recognized.
    ps - please give Barb an extra hug from me on Friday. I'll be with you in spirit.

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  11. I think the honesty D-parents express is beautiful. I am often crying as I read their posts.

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  12. AWEsome post, Jess! Thanks for sharing. ;-)

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  13. It makes my heart happy to read all of the encouragement around the DOC today!

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  14. I am so with you on the reading of the dblogs. I carry my iPad around everywhere I go to totally keep up with my work email. Honest. =)

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  15. I totally know you mean about the Google Reader open on the phone all the time! So many great D-blogs, so little time...

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  16. I read D blogs every chance I get, too! :)

    Know that your kind words are appreciated by us parents. :)

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