Thursday, June 09, 2011

Thanks Mom

Amy S. Shneider was profiled in for being a Joslin medalist. She has survived and thrived for decades, despite being diagnosed with T1 diabetes 50 years ago at the age of 5.

What does she credit her success to?

According to the article, excerpted below, the secret is us - parents of kids with diabetes.

...“It’s my mother who deserves the medal," Schneider said.

To test blood sugar back then, mothers had to boil something called Benedict’s solution and pour it into a test tube along with some of the child’s urine. If the solution turned a clear blue, that was good news; a milky orange or red meant that even with the insulin, the blood sugar was out of control.

Schneider said her mother also taught her to view diabetes as a fact of life, rather than an impediment.

“I had a family dynamic of ‘It happens, get through it,’" she said.

Although our kids may take all the nagging, haranguing and worrying as a pain in their butt, they all eventually come around to appreciating us like Amy has. You may just have to wait until they turn 55 though.


Michael Hoskins said...

This is very true.

I wrote about that in my blog earlier in the week, and my own mom had some of those same sentiments that she shared. And one that I didn't include in the blog post itself was:

"Something my 90 year old,very well known and respected endo mentioned, and many of the 50 year medalists say, is their mothers had a lot to do with it. I really believe, now that I'm older, I'm probably alive because of her and she should have gotten the medal. She did some unusual and pretty amazing things for me as I was growing up, much of it on spite of what the 'experts' told her."

That feeling is what I say, too - that it's because of what my own parents did that gave me the ability to manage my own life with diabetes. These recognitions on our own accomplishments are just as much honors of what they've done for us.

Kimberly Chisholm said...

I am always awed by the stories of people who've had T1D for long periods--and of their parents. We are so lucky to have all the modern advances available these days. Negotiating this complicated disease without them is unfathomable to me. Lots of credit goes to those parents!