What inspires you? I asked myself that question the other day, and I started thinking about all of the places that I look for inspiration. To get inspired about what to cook for dinner, I go to my favorite recipe website. For inspiration on what book to read next, I go to my favorite book review site. I have favorite sites for craft ideas, music ideas, and weight loss ideas too. For just about everything else, there's Google, right?
Wow! I'm starting to see a theme here. If I'm not careful, I could spend my life on the Internet just getting inspired, rather than using any of the ideas I've learned! But at the same time, I am so grateful for what great tools we have (literally) at the tips of our fingers. It's so nice to be able to get ideas quickly instead of trying to reinvent the wheel or figure it out on our own.
Recently, I have been introduced to a group on a social networking site that has been a huge source of inspiration for me. It's a support group in our immediate area for moms of kids with type 1 diabetes. At first, I was overwhelmed with the number of emails that popped up in my inbox, and I was kind of annoyed at the amount of junk email I was starting to collect. I kept telling myself that I would go in and change my preferences for how much I would see in my inbox, or delete myself completely from the group. Then… it happened. I got completely sucked in! I would open every email I got and read about everyone's ups and downs with diabetes. Even though I have never met these women personally, it was very powerful for me to feel a connection through our experiences with type 1. It really is critical for me to connect with other moms and get ideas for how they handle the diabetes lifestyle.
Here are some of the topics that the group talks about:
This group has been a great source of inspiration for me, and hopefully through my participation, I'll be able to give some of my fellow moms a flash or two of inspiration!
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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