Today I want to offer some perspective. For anyone that is having doubts if “they can do this.”
Many of you know that Shelby, our 8 year old at the time, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on July 30, 2018. Jake, our oldest, was diagnosed with a life-ling medical condition on October 6th, 2004. On both of these days, I said to Chance “there is no way we can do this.” But we didn’t have a choice. There was no way to get out of these diagnosis. A first question I asked our doctors when we were told about both conditions was “When will they got grow this?” Basically, when will this end? Life-long. That was the answer. Never. Going. To End. Medicine, 3 times a day, shots every time you eat anything, diets, doctor visits monthly, blood draws, etc. No one WANTS to do this. But we didn’t have a choice….kind of like now…
But here we are…almost 16 years later, here we are. And her we are, almost 2 years later, living with type 1 diabetes. No one asked my kids if they wanted to take medicine every day, or take shots every day. They didn’t ask us if we as parents or kids were ready for this.
My reason for perspective is because I really want to let anyone know, that is having doubts, about weather they can do this- staying home, not seeing other, working crazy hours to do everything you need to do- everything. The answer is YES, you can. And you will. You adjust. You adapt. You figure it out. You make the adjustments and it becomes your new way of life. And then eventually it just becomes life. And what others might think as so much more work, just becomes the norm for you. You begin to not even realize what you are doing on the daily basis. You just do it.
So please remember that you can do this. You can actually do anything. Not just saying that as a cliché. But truly, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. It might be super tough at first as are most new things are, but then you get in your, your confidence builds, you learn easier ways to do things, you learn from others. You figure it out. Which is what we all are doing now.
Please don’t give up. You’ll go through all the feelings: confidence, defeat, anger, excitement, helplessness, grief, sadness, comradery, love, gratitude, happiness… all of it comes and goes. One day at a time. You can do this. We will do this. Remember…You can do ANYTHING!