Who is my Diabetes hero? KC, of course! But you know that already…
So who else inspires me? Celebrities/athletes with Type 1 help my daughter see that any dream is still a possibility, so I love when they are advocates for children with Type 1. But my real heroes are more ordinary people.
- Joe, an old friend from my high school days, who has just completed his 40th year with Type 1. He’s a successful husband and father and has always been an all-around good guy (and his wife, Heidi-although we’ve never met-is one of my heroes as well!) His words of encouragement have been a huge help.
- Kelly, a mom I met when KC was in kindergarten, was diagnosed at 19 and never hid her Type 1. She was the first person I knew with an insulin pump. She was also one of the first people I contacted after KC was diagnosed. Kelly is an active, creative mother of three. (and I can’t forget her husband, Don!)
Why are they my heroes? They represent KC’s future. An adult life with a spouse and children. A career. Love. The dreams a parent has for any child.
Joe and Kelly are just two of the amazing people living full lives with Type 1 Diabetes. Before KC was diagnosed I had no idea the challenges they faced. They are real-life heroes as is every person living with Type 1 (and those amazing parents who try to “think like a pancreas” every day!).