I wonder…

August 10th, 2011

I just spent a few minutes sitting on Noelle’s bed, holding her while she cried and said these painful words. “I wonder what life would be like without diabetes. I can’t ever remember not having it. All I can remember is the time in the hospital [October 2, 2008].” It broke my heart. The words of encouragement seem so empty in times like this. I don’t know what it is like to have a device strapped to my body 24 hours a day/7 days a week. I can’t relate to what my 9 year old goes through every day or how she feels. I did remind her that even though she has this disease, it doesn’t stop her from doing anything she wants or being anything she wants to be. I reminded her of our dear friend, Alexandra, who finished her senior year of high school this past May with high honors, was captain of her cheerleading squad, won beauty pageants and seems to do anything she sets her mind to…and do it well…in spite of having Type 1 Diabetes since she was 8 years old! She just started her freshman year of college…with amazing scholarships. Although I know she has to put more thought into everything she does, wears an insulin pump on her body, has to calculate every ounce of food that enters her body…she does it all with grace and dignity and most of all…it doesn’t slow her down! She is an amazing role model for Noelle and we are so thankful that God placed her and her family in our life when Noelle was diagnosed. All this said, I did give Noelle a word of Scripture that carries her (and me) through. “I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 Thankfully, no matter where we are or what we are going through, our Heavenly Father is cheering us on and walking through it all…good or bad…with us!! That gives us both encouragement!

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