What It’s Really Like to Be the Mother of a Child with Diabetes

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Having diabetes is difficult. And it can be scary. It’s a 24-7 burden that requires a ton of planning (and a lot of poking). There are fears associated with the condition that people with diabetes likely never consider for more than a moment. And while living a healthy and full life with diabetes is absolutely possible, it definitely takes a little more effort.

But what about when you aren’t the one with diabetes? What if, instead, you’re the parent of a child with diabetes?

Being a caregiver is one of the most difficult tasks a person can be faced with. Like having diabetes, it comes with a whole host of responsibilities and fears, and they often feel just slightly beyond your control. Being a parent is already an incredible role to take on, but adding a chronic condition to the equation, and it’s an entirely different scenario.

In the video below, a group of mothers share what it’s like to have a child with diabetes. Based on the poem, “A Mother’s Anthem” by Linda Kaniasty, the film offers insight into their lives in hopes of raising awareness for diabetes.

Take a look, and make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.