Kim: How Is Kaitlyn Doing?

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When people ask me about how Kaitlyn is doing, I always say… she's doing great! That's the short answer. I could go on and on about specific details about blood sugar numbers, highs, lows, what she's eaten at every meal, how much basal insulin she's getting throughout the day, her last A1C result… you get the idea. No one actually wants to hear all of the boring details (except maybe my sister-in-law); the bottom line is that they want to know how she is coping with her type 1 diabetes. When you think about it though, there is so much more to Kaitlyn than her diabetes -- so many other ways I could answer the question, "How is she doing?"

How is she doing in school? How does she feel about herself? Is she comfortable making friends? How is she doing in sports and other activities? How is she doing in church programs and activities? How is she getting along with her siblings?

I am reminded of a girl that I knew in college. When I first met her, I found out that she was blind. It was hard to see her as anything else at first, but when I got to know her better, I learned so many more things about her. She was a wife and a mother, she was a book-reader and a game-player and a great cook. She was beautiful, friendly, determined and intelligent.

Although having diabetes is something that makes Kaitlyn unique, it is not what defines her. She is so much more than that! Here is a list of words I came up with that can describe Kaitlyn:

Sweet
Kind
Smart
Shy
Beautiful
Polite
A swimmer
Crafty
A good artist
Strong
Brave
Sensitive
A singer
Happy
A smiler
Persistent
Cute
Cautious
Girly
Timid
A dancer
A snuggler
Patient
Curious

The next time someone asks me "How is Kaitlyn doing," I will happily answer, "She's doing great." But in my mind I will think of all the things that make her who she is.


About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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