When my daughter started kindergarten 2 years ago I did everything by the book. I met with the school nurse and teachers, was there when my daughter talked to her class about
diabetes and I even talked with the other parents at open house. I did the same for first grade since some of
the kids were not in her kindergarten class.
I thought we did a pretty good job of balancing the seriousness of the disease with the fact that Sáin is a normal little girl that doesn’t need to be treated differently most the time. We had a few glitches – like the time her Girl Scout leader convinced Sáin it was okay to have 8 sugar cookies… “Your mom won’t mind”. (Sáin is no longer in Girl Scouts but not for that reason alone… there were lots of issues with that troop.) But all-in-all my daughter is a normal 7 year old with lots of friends who loves school.
I knew there were a few ignorant parents but I was devastated on Wednesday when I was copied on an email going out to all the Girl Scout moms (our email is still on the list) that contained this:
“I’m glad we’re not the only ones who excluded Sáin from our party. I am so tired of dealing with her disease.”
The email was from the mother of one of Sáin’s best friends.
It made me cry at my desk which is something I vowed never to do. That lunch hour I spent my time searching diabetes blogs and came across sixuntilme.com which had a link to tudiabetes.com. Reading the stories and profiles made me feel like I’m not alone. (I’m a single mom so I often feel alone in this whole thing.) So thank you, thank you all for helping through a really tough day. I’m so glad I found you!
(BTW – I got the nerve yesterday to email back “If you think you’re tired of it, how do you think Sáin feels.” I haven’t gotten an answer back yet.)