In honor of moms that believe in a cure: Amy’s story

In honor of May being the month of Mother’s Day and the fact that I had my transplant on a Mother’s Day,  I’d like to talk about my mom.  She was diagnosed with type 1 in 1950, when she was 13 years old.  They figured out she had diabetes when she went into a coma after having had flu like symptoms.  I was lucky; she recognized my symptoms early, so my diagnosis was fairly easy.  She called my pediatrician, we went to his office,  he tested my urine, and sent us to the hospital.  I got out of school for two weeks.  I wasn’t sick, so the hospital wasn’t horrible. and because I had grown up watching my mom give herself injections, I wasn’t afraid of needles.  The whole family was already eating the way she ate so my diet didn’t really change all that much either.  I think the only thing I was really upset about was the fact that no one made a sugar free grape soda, and that just pissed my 9 year old self right off!  My mom, let me substitute the treats I couldn’t eat, with other things I wanted like books and toys.

My mom taught me everything I needed to know about diabetes and that everything boiled down to two things.  Never give up and never ever stop learning.   She kept up on diabetes news and research as best as you could before computers.  She talked to me about the research she read. We discussed the possibility of a cure often.  She wholeheartedly believed one would come.  About a year before she passed away, we were having one of our conversations when she told me she believed there would be a cure, not in her life time, but in mine.   In 2002, just three and a half years before my transplant, she passed away from complications of her diabetes.   I think it was fitting that I had my transplant on a mother’s day.  I wish she had been around to see it, and to meet the amazing people that made it happen.  She was and always will be my diabetes hero.  I think all parents of kids with diabetes are heroes too. So here’s to all of the moms (and dads) out there that refuse to give up,  keep on learning, and most importantly believe in a cure.  You’re the best!

-Amy
10 years insulin-free

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