Sunday, January 22, 2012

Five years ago...

Five years ago today life changed.

Five years ago today my daughter lived.

Five years ago today my was daughter diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

For us, today is a day to celebrate and be grateful for our second change. We don’t celebrate with balloons and firecrackers. A simple bouquet of purple flowers and a big hug will mark the day that changed all of us forever in so many ways.

I still struggle with God’s plan with all this. Certainly there must be a purpose? I will never know for sure. But somehow I feel that His plan or at least part of His plan was for me to help educate about Type 1 diabetes, even in a small way. So if you’ve been a follower of this blog for a long time you know this is where I post the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes. If you’re a new follower, be assured that I will be posting this again on our next anniversary. Please read them over. I hope you never have to use the knowledge. But you'll have the information in case God chooses this path for someone you love.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. Left untreated, this is a very serious, life threatening disease. Most people are admitted to the hospital at diagnosis with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) which can lead to coma and then death. So please never brush off these symptoms. A person does not have to have all of them.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes:

Increased thirst and frequent urination

Extreme hunger
Weight loss
Blurred vision
Sweet smelling breath

This time next year my daughter will be in the midst of a new life, away from home being a normal college student. She will always have T1 Diabetes and all its challenges, but she will have a fabulous life. Truly a reason to celebrate!


  1. 5 years already that doesn't seem possible. She is such s
    a gorgeous responsible gal. Yes I do believe part of his plan is for you to help educate and mentor and you have done that so well already. She couldn't have a better mom !

  2. So glad she is well and healthy, and pray that she has a wonderful experience in college! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. My Holly, Oh my,what a beautiful girl! I'm sure she is doing so well because you have all educated yourselves about Diabetes so thoroughly. Thank you for educating and reminding the rest of us about the important signs.

    What an exciting time for her, making her college plans. She is a remarkable teenager! You and your hubby should be very proud.

  4. Hi, I just found your blog. This post touched my heart. My oldest daugter was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes at the age of 11. She is 38 now and leads a very active life. She has only been able to have one child, but she is such a joy. I know that it can be hard at times, but life is too short to take lightly. I say, enjoy every minute!