It's been about 4 years since this picture was taken. It has also been 4 years since Elise was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I went back and forth on what we should do to acknowledge this day.
In the end, with so much celebrating going on (Elise's birthday, Mattias's birthday, first day of school), it was just another day.
Much like how that day started out 4 years ago... just another day.
This year it felt right to treat it as such.
But I could not let this day pass without acknowledging the 4 years my strong, amazing daughter has lived with diabetes. And what better way than with the following story:
I received a call from her pre-school teacher the afternoon after the first day was over. She wanted to tell me how when she was going over the daily schedule, she asked the kids what they do after they have bathroom time and wash their hands. All the kids answer, "snack".
What does my sweet daughter pipe up with? This...
"I go to the kitchen with Ms. A so she can help me check my blood sugar. Then she boluses me so I can eat my snack."
She then proceeds to answer the kids' questions about diabetes, finger pokes, and her pump; even showing off her Omnipod to the class.
Her teacher was impressed. I was amazed. My daughter? She took it all in stride.
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