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  1. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter April 16, 2014 at 5:03 am | | Reply


  2. Karen
    Karen April 16, 2014 at 5:48 am | | Reply

    Wonderful article. Thanks for sharing your story! I am a non-D parent but appreciate your “trudging along” anecdotes. Our whole family takes great care in choosing what food and drink we put into our bodies because of our son with T1. I’m sure we are all healthier, because of diabetes. On my 16 year journey as a parent, I have dealt with some anxiety and depression along the way. While my family has seen negative aspects of this, they have also seen the human side of working hard to improve yourself. Struggling to manage an issue is indeed a great example for your children. Keep on trudging!

  3. StephenS
    StephenS April 16, 2014 at 7:32 am | | Reply

    I just had a “me too” moment!

    I’m a D non-parent, but I’ve had similar exchanges with my spouse about being difficult during hypo moments, and “hard to separate you from your diabetes” is something I’ve definitely heard. Thanks for sharing Dan, and thanks for setting a great example!

  4. Tim Steinert
    Tim Steinert April 16, 2014 at 10:11 am | | Reply

    I think the major message I’ve given to my nephews over the past five years is that “diabetes can bite me!” Kids love uncles with salty language.

  5. Julia
    Julia April 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm | | Reply

    Parent of a PWD, non-D myself, but I have seen how this disease has shaped her character. Tenacious, she is a fighter, brave, non-complaining, it did impart a Type A perfectionist personality she was not born with. That said, I want a cure or safer insulin now….. When your daughter feels shakey before meals, I think it is a good idea to test, if she wants to, to get a handle on if she is truly hypoglycemic or this is just the way she feels when hungry. It would be very good to rule out hypoglycemia and take all proactive steps you can if she is hypoglycemic. I hope she isn’t and that she is okay. Probably, this is just a symptom of true hunger, if she hasn’t eaten in awhile.

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  7. Robin
    Robin May 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm | | Reply

    Great article! Makes me feel better about being a trudger, not a super-star. And Ms. Schaffer’s example is something to try to emulate.

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