Friday, July 10, 2015

Diabetes is...still here 7 years later.

Diabetes is... here. 7 years have passed yet I still remember it like it was yesterday.

Diabetes is... 24/7. It never sleeps. Ever.

Diabetes is... inconsistent.

Diabetes is... exhausting.

Diabetes is... a whole family disease. Not just the person with T1 themselves.

Diabetes is... relentless.

Diabetes is... numbers floating in your head. All.the.time.

Diabetes is... painful. Physically and emotionally.

Diabetes is... always, always on our minds.

Diabetes is...poking your kid with needles multiple times per day. To keep him alive.

Diabetes is... insulin. Which smells like bandaids.

Diabetes is... expensive. EXPENSIVE.

Diabetes is... life changing.

Diabetes is... all consuming.

Diabetes is... counting carbs.

Diabetes is... scary!

Diabetes is...what brought me best friends I never knew I needed. And I know they'll always be there. No matter what. Forever.

Diabetes is... what saved my baby's life. And for that, I am forever grateful.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Mundane Mom Tasks

Long time no blog! I always have good intentions of getting back into writing. I miss it. But, life keeps getting in the way and I just don't have the time I once did.

Anyway, today, I felt the need to write something longer than a Facebook post, so, here I am.

It all started when one of my best friends, Heidi, was dx with cancer in December. You may know her as she is (was) also a blogger. (

She has endured 8 rounds of intense chemotherapy to battle this beast inside her.

I am thankful to have been by her side to support her as much as possible.

I cannot even imagine what she is going through.

It was in a recent conversation with her that sparked this thought about "mundane mom tasks".

You know, the tasks that we as moms do without thought or maybe we do think about them and hate them.

Things like cooking dinner for our family.

Cleaning the kitchen.

Taking our kids to a random doctor or dentist appointment.

Day to day "mom tasks" that probably don't seem like a big deal.

And until this last week, I would agree that they are the "not" fun parts of parenting (or life, really).

I hated laundry. I hated cooking. I hated cleaning.

You get the idea.

But you see, my friend, Heidi, hasn't been up to doing any of these things for MONTHS now.

She has been so drained and run down from the intense cancer fighting chemo that she hasn't been the mom I know she wants to be to her kids.

This week she mentioned feeling a little better.

She had a little more energy.

And for the first time since her dx in December, she cooked a meal for her family.

She took her daughter to an orthodontist appointment.

And she was SO thankful to feel well enough to do those things and be a "mom" again.

And that's when my brain started thinking.

*I* need to be more thankful for the "Mundane Mom Tasks" daily.

I may not enjoy certain tasks very much, but the fact that I *can* do them is something I take for granted.

It is time to be thankful.

These tasks may seem "mundane" or "not important", but somewhere there is a mom wishing she had the energy to do them.

From now on, my goal is to do my "mom tasks" thinking of Heidi, and all the women who are unable to do them, because for right now, I AM able to do them.

And for that, I am grateful.

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