From the mouth of ….. a six year old

My 6 yr old son is extremely perceptive. He has always known mommy has diabetes, even if he can’t fully grasp what that means. But if we see/hear diabetes on anything he always points it out.

Lately he’s started asking more questions. He’ll ask why do I have diabetes. And will ask if I wished I didn’t have it. And will he or his brothers have it. Or he’ll say HE wishes I didn’t have it.

I just tell him that I’d obviously rather not have it, but that it’s ok that I do. And my husband chimed in on the conversation the other day and said “Mommy wishes she didn’t have it, but she’s been able to help a lot of people that she wouldn’t have known, if she didn’t have diabetes.” Wow. That right there is one of the #1 reasons I started blogging in the first place. But even before blogging, I was very active in my local JDRF chapter, and I was a Mentor and just wanted to spread the word. To try to change the myths so many people had and still have about this disease.

And the other day I pulled into Sonic to grab something for my son to eat for dinner as a treat, and I was undecided on whether or not I wanted to eat or wait till I got home. He finally asked why I hadn’t ordered yet.. I said “I am just trying to decide if I’m going to eat or not.”

He leaned up and put his 6 yr old little hand on my shoulder and said, “Mommy, it’s very important that you eat because of your diabetes. So I think you should eat dinner.” I almost cried. I explained that I would in fact EAT.. I just didn’t know if I wanted to eat at Sonic. 🙂

I heart him so much.

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About Shannon

I am a wife, a mommy, and a Type 1 diabetic (since '92.) I have had two successful pregnancies - one of which was with twins. I wear an insulin pump- - off and on for 17 years; currently on the Medtronic pump and CGM. I am not a medical professional, nor am I giving medical advice. I am just sharing my day to day stories of someone who lives with this disease every day. My ultimate goal is to raise awareness.
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2 Responses to From the mouth of ….. a six year old

  1. I’m continually amazed at the things even my 3 year old has picked up about diabetes. The other day, we were packing a few snacks and things for going to the park and she said, “Mommy, make sure you bring me a juice box, and you a juice box, too, in case you need it for your low blood sugars.” It makes me happy that she realizes I have the need…but sad that I’ve obviously said something like that enough for her to catch on and repeat it.

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