Friday, June 3, 2011

Guest Blogger-polooza Day 4: Jessica

Jessica Collins at Me and D is a complete sweetheart.

She is always on Twitter to lend an ear, and has just the best personality! Her post today is testament to her beauty. Thank you Jessica for sending out this message to the readers of Our Diabetic Life!

Life Is Messy

First of all, I want to thank Meri for the opportunity to guest post on her blog. This was the first D-mama blog I read when I first became involved in the DOC. So thanks, Meri!

Now I read a lot of PoCWD blogs. And I love it. It helps me understand some of what my own parents must have gone through. I’ve written multiple posts about parents of CWD... (like this one from D-Blog Week.) You guys inspire me SO MUCH!

And I know some of you read my blog too. And comment. That means a lot to me.

I tend to use my blog to vent. It’s a safe place for me to share about my life with D. I don’t need to tell you how hard life with D is. You know.

I also know that some of you read the blogs of adult PWD to catch a glimpse of what life for your child may be like when he or she grows up.

And yes, it’s not pretty. Sometimes it’s downright awful. But it’s not always like that.

One of my favorite prompts from D-Blog Week was the day where we focused on the good that diabetes has brought us. I thought it would be really hard to come up with a list. Don’t get me wrong. If I could get rid of my D, I would. But the list wasn’t as hard to come up with as I expected.

As easy as it is to focus on the bad, there’s good as well. I think it’s important to be able to vent about the bad days, and all the accompanying emotions.

But as messy as this life with D is, it’s my life. That’s the message I hope parents can see. I have diabetes, it does not have me.

Your CWD is going to grow up. I know you’re worried about what’s going to happen when that transition occurs. When you won’t be there to wake up and check their bg at 3am. When they call from far away because they’re sick and high and there’s nothing you can do.

But your child can do this. You will have equipped them to the best of your ability. Will they make mistakes along the way? Yes. But they will figure this out.

And one day, they will be able to say thank you.

Your child has diabetes. It does not have your child.


  1. Great post, Jessica! You are sooo right. D doesn't have to control you. Love your message!

  2. Powerful, important message, Jessica!

    D does NOT have my son! :)

  3. Amen! D doesn't have Bean!!

    Thank you for sharing your life with us a glimpse into the future!

  4. YOu are right, we will have equipped them to the best of our ability-I PRAY she figures it out!! I have hope. : ) thanks for guest posting!

  5. Man, it must be in the air tonight. Your post is inspirational Jessica. My main focus is to support Joe and to teach him to cope...with whatever life throws his way.

    Meri...yet another awesome guest. Thank You.

  6. I love me some jessica!

    Great post and so on the money for what's been going on around the doc.

  7. Thanks Jessica. There are days I wish I were much younger so I can be with her longer...and just take care of her. The thought of letting go is hard at times. She's taking those steps slowly -- playdates without mom, even eating dinner at a friend's and calling to help with carb counting.
    Thank you for reminding me that D doesn't have K.

  8. Wow, thank you! I have been thinking A LOT about life will look like for Joel down the road. I think I really needed to hear this from you! Thanks!!


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