We just had our first Diabetes Club dinner! We had been talking about getting together with all the families we know who have children with type 1 diabetes. Our little circle is growing! Of course we never like to hear of another type 1 diagnosis, but at the same time, it's a great feeling when you can reach out to each other and feel the camaraderie and support that comes from associating with people in the same situation. So, after talking for months about how nice it would be to get together, we finally made the invitations and had everyone over to our house for a lovely (and lively) Sunday dinner. It was a great success!
Everyone helped bring the food, and it turned out delicious and beautiful! It was funny… as we were all counting out the carbs for each of our kids with diabetes, we realized what a low-carb meal it was! Even though we didn't specifically assign everyone to bring something low carb, it ended up that way. We had chicken and tri-tip, salad, vegetables, strawberries, a little bit of bread, and water and Crystal Light® to drink. Even the dessert was low carb! One friend made the most delicious almond flour biscuits with strawberries and whipped cream. The whole dessert was less than five grams of carbs! I think Kaitlyn's entire meal was under 20!
As good as the meal was, the company was by far the best part. It was so fun to sit down together and talk and laugh and exchange stories. The kids had a great time too, running around playing with each other. We ended up having a group of eight adults and 15 kids and teenagers. It was a full house! At the end of the evening, everyone agreed that we should definitely do this on a regular basis. In the future, we'll take turns hosting the dinner at our homes or at a park, so we can continue the tradition.
I'm so glad we finally pulled it together and did this! I think the benefit was as much for the parents as it was for the kids. When it comes to battling a life-long disease like diabetes, there's nothing better than spending time and building relationships with those people just like you… people who really get it!
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!
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