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Happy Mother’s Day, DOC Edition

A shout-out to two groups of moms

Laura KolodjeskiLaura Kolodjeski

As a mom, and the proud wife of a stay-at-home-dad, I know that juggling life with children is a full-time job! That’s why this Mother’s Day I want to give a special “shout out” to two groups of moms: moms living with diabetes and moms who are caregivers to children living with diabetes.

I am truly in awe of moms who double as caregivers to their children living with diabetes. You are tasked with learning everything you can about diabetes in an effort to create a stable environment for your child. You help manage the condition on behalf of your child, you train your kids to be responsible managers, and, oh ya, you take care of all the other responsibilities that come along with being a mom. The more I speak with you, learn from you, and read your blog posts & tweets, I cannot help but be inspired by all you do. Whether it’s knowing more about blood sugar levels than the school nurse or losing sleep over an unexpected low, you strive to smooth over the everyday challenges of life with diabetes with learned courage and grace. Kudos!

Moms diagnosed with diabetes face somewhat different challenges, ones that come with caring for yourself on top of balancing an often hectic family life. Caring for diabetes can impact everyday tasks, bed time, meal time, date time, and certainly “me time”. You balance caring for your diabetes with caring for a family and I can only imagine how daunting that task may be at times – yet you take it in stride. Whether it’s rushing from soccer practice while testing blood sugar levels or making sure you take time for your own fitness routine, somehow you just try to make it work. I admire your strength.

Happy Mother’s Day to each and every one of you moms. Certainly today, but more so for what you do every day, I want to say keep up the incredible work. Being a mom is a gift and each of you brings something so inspiring to all of us who follow you.

(Of course I know dads are an invaluable resource in a family living with diabetes – but you’ll just have to wait until June for your shout out!)

All the best,

Laura K.

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