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When my oldest child was born, I spent 12 happy weeks immersing myself into motherhood. I had a fairly good gig—Sarah was an easygoing baby who slept well from the start and smiled willingly as long as she was fed and dry. It was hard not to be in love with this tiny creature and […]

Steve and baby

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 16 years old—16 years ago. I’d like to think that I’ve been pretty successful with my diabetes management. I don’t live in the shadow of my condition—in fact I have thrived because of it. It has taken me some amazing places that people with diabetes, […]

A mother of a child with type 1 diabetes wonders whether to celebrate her child’s first year since a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. —Amy Bevan–GluMom My family passed an important diabetes milestone: my seven-year-old son Miles’ first diabetes anniversary on October 23. As the “diaversary” approached, I grew excited and proud that we would soon […]

Mom 2

At one time or another, many of us have been mom-shamed. Whether it’s breast-feeding vs. bottle-feeding, working vs. staying at home, or conventional vs. organic food, this recent phenomenon of judging one another’s parenting choices, especially on social media, makes an already tough job even more difficult. But what happens when you add type 1 […]

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Let’s face it: holidays are usually a challenge for the type 1 community, as food is almost always at the center of our celebrations. But if there is anything more challenging than trick-or-treating on Halloween for a T1 kid and his or her parents, I haven’t yet come across it yet! Those treats are tricky […]

AmyB and family

Hello! It’s a pleasure to introduce myself to you as the newest member of the T1D Exchange team. My name is Amy Bevan, or GluMom, and I working on the Glu team here at T1D Exchange. I am very excited about this role, as it allows me to combine my personal experience with type 1 […]

504 Plan

The end of summer and the beginning of the school year is always a bittersweet time for me. I love the lazy days, the late nights, but my son has always looked forward to the start of school.  It was in 2005 when, my then 5 year old, began kindergarten, eager, and excited, yet I […]

Multiples

As a working mom of two-year-old triplets, there’s enough going on in our household without type 1 in the mix. Yet when our daughter Isabella was diagnosed, we were determined, not devastated. This may seem strange or inconsistent with every T1D diagnosis story you’ve ever heard, but for optimists like my husband Greg and I, […]

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Back to school season always fills me with a bit of trepidation as I figure out all the needed supplies, buy clothes, check schedules, get updated doctor’s orders, schedule staff training and of course preparing for the 504 meeting. This year, it is proving to be more challenging than usual because I am debating whether […]

sitting

There is no good age to have a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Each age presents different challenges. My girls were young, 3 and 3 and a half, when they were diagnosed. How do we as parents find baby sitters to watch our girls with T1D? That’s about as much fun as riding in […]