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Now That Time Has Passed

We have been living with diabetes for four years now and dealing with it has become just a part of our routine. Our son does everything he did before including hockey and swimming. Diabetes management is just something we do. I don't think about it very much during the day unless he is sick. I hope and pray for someone to come up with a cure, but until then, we won't let it get in the way of his living a normal life.

It has been almost a year since diagnosis for us. We call the doctor less and less and make decisions ourselves more and more. I feel a little burned out doing the tests and injections all the time, but that is improving with time. Now looking after her diabetes has become more routine, but we still haven't got back to the way we were before this started. I'm really hopeful that it won't be too long before we can all relax and have a good laugh again.

Our child was diagnosed two years ago. It gets easier and easier as time goes by because everything falls into place just so naturally. The insulin injections are so routine; just like setting the table, it has become part of getting ready for breakfast and supper.

It's hard to explain how I've changed since diabetes entered the picture. Actually, I don't really remember how things were before it all happened. Now it's just the way we live. It is a part of who he is. He has blue eyes, blonde hair, diabetes, and one sister. I sometimes forget how very intimidating diabetes is at first and catch myself telling babysitters and teachers that it's really no big deal. I guess that shows how very far I've come, because at first, it was the biggest deal I'd ever had in my life.

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