Our family's "elephant in the room" is a pink one. Our 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in January 2011 at the age of 2 1/2 years old, and it has changed our lives forever. Every season, I post a little update on how we are coping with her condition.
As in, we have lived with T1D for two years. Almost half of her whole life.
And while I'd love to begin writing this with great optimism that makes it seem like we are sitting astride this wild diabetes beast and taming it...that would not be the truth.
So, instead, I just spent the last hour writing it all out for myself ~ and then I deleted it. I processed through it all, and with a push of the button, I sent it away. (Oh, would that I could do that to diabetes!)
The truth is, who really wants to hear it?
In a nutshell, this is hard. It will always be hard. And for now, we are shouldering all the harder parts that are in our power to give our daughter a more normal childhood. Really, what parent wouldn't?
It hurts my heart how lonely this journey has been on so many levels. I worry endlessly about how Sunshine will grow up coping with such life-threatening decisions. I wish for nothing more than she will live a long life with no complications. And I pray hard that my boys will not develop T1D.
Yet, my Truth is alive and determined and thriving. She snowboards, skates, and wrestles her brothers. She has a clever mind and a sharp wit. She loves anything that is pink, purple or from a ballet. She is silly, endearing and just about the best cuddler you can imagine.
That is my Truth.