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A Mother’s Day Tribute: Sara Nicastro Relishes Memories with Her Mother

Memories of a life with diabetes

Laura KolodjeskiLaura Kolodjeski

There may be no love like the one many of us have for our mothers. As the first person you meet and come to know, mom’s hold a special place in our hearts. This is one reason why Mother’s Day is important to children as well.

As you’ve seen with Wendy Rose, Jacquie WojcikKerri Sparling, and Joanne Cunha , a mother’s viewpoint is one of pride and pure love. But today, Sara Nicastro, who writes the Moments of Wonderful blog and tweets under the handle @saraknic, shares a different perspective with us as she talks about the appreciation she has for her own mother. Although she doesn’t live near her mother anymore, Sara says there are a few special memories that she will always carry with her.

Diabetes advocate, Sara Nicastro with her mom Bonnie
Moments of Wonderful blogger Sara Nicastro and her mother Bonnie

Q: What is your favorite memory with your mother?

I have a lot of fun memories I could share about my mom related to living with diabetes and just related to being a mother and daughter team. I tried to narrow it down to just one memory but a few came to mind. These are two of my favorite memories of life with my mom.

My first favorite memory:

I now live about 3,000 miles away from my family, but for several years in early adulthood both my brother and I lived within a few miles of my mom. My brother has three adorable children, and my mom and I would go over to his house every Friday night with dinner and watch the kids so my brother and sister-in-law could have a night out together.

My mom and I ate, played games, watched movies, read books and made little videos on my camera with the kids. During one meal, I remember the kids asking what I was doing while I was taking insulin. How do you explain an autoimmune disease and how a pancreas works to a young child? We told them that there was something broken in my belly and I had to take insulin to make my belly feel better just like some wear glasses to help their eyes work better. That was enough information for them at the time. Now, years later, my nephew is a science genius and has started asking and learning about islet cells, the different types of carbohydrates and how to count them and exactly how insulin works. Since diabetes has always been a part of their family for as long as they can remember, it is not anything unusual for them now.

My second favorite memory:

Sara Nicastro, who has type 1 diabetes, with her mom at Disney World
Bonnie and Sara Nicastro

My mom helped me move across the country in 2005 to where I live now, but she had not been back to visit until Thanksgiving two years ago. We spent Thanksgiving where any good Floridian would – at Disneyworld®. After exploring the theme parks all day and taking pictures in front of the classic landmarks, we actually spent Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant in the French area of Epcot®. I think that will be the one and only time that my Thanksgiving dinner will include escargot.

I have so many wonderful memories of my mom that I would love to share in celebration of Mother’s Day. The fact that it was difficult to narrow it down to just one moment is such a compliment to her and her character. She is completely devoted to her family and always ready for an adventure, so I imagine I will always have plenty of memories of my mother to share.

I truly admire the relationship Sara describes with her mother. Perhaps, in part, it is because I have a very similar relationship with my mother. It seems as though Sara and I both can count on our moms for just about anything, even though we both now live 3,000 miles away from them! What are your favorite memories with your mom? I’d love to read them in the comments section below!

All the best,

Laura K.

Disclosure: Sara Nicastro received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewee, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.

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