02-29-2012 12:29 PM
I've kept these on my computer for awhile now. Since the old boards when my daughter was first Dx'd. They've helped me to keep my cool in times of stress and given me encouragment at the times I've needed them. So, again, I'm going to post them for the newest members of the forums here. And no, these are not mine, nor do I claim them. They were found and posted by other parents back about the time I joined this forum and I just want to pass them on to the new parents here. I hope they help you as they have me, if nothing else, maybe give you a smile for today.
How God Selects The Mother Of A Child With Diabetes
By: Erma Bombeck
Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. Did you ever wonder how mothers of children with Diabetes are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over Earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his angels to make notes in a giant ledger.
"Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron Saint Matthew."
"Forrest, Marjorie, daughter. Patron Saint Cecilia."
"Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron Saint Gerard. He's used to profanity."
Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a child with Diabetes." The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy."
"Exactly", smiles God. "Could I give a child with Diabetes to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."
"But has she the patience?" asks the angel.
"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I am going to give her has her own world. She has to make it live in her world and that's not going to be easy."
"But ,Lord, I don't think she even believes in you."
God smiles. "No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness."
The angel gasps. "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?"
God nods. "If she cannot separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, this is a woman whom I will bless with less than perfect."
"She does not realize it yet, but she is to be envied. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see....ignorance, cruelty, prejudice...and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as if she is here by my side."
"And what about her Patron Saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in mid air. God smiles. "A mirror will suffice."
And then there is this one.....
c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.
Mother of Courtney, Dx'd Type 1 in 2006 at age 14.
03-10-2012 09:21 AM
Not to get in the way of your request, but if you hover over the word Options in the upper right corner of Dragonstar's post, one of the options that shows up is Print. Click on Print and you will see a cleaned up version of Dragonstar's post. Then you can just use the Print feature from the menu at the top of the page or press Ctrl + p to to print.
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03-21-2012 10:39 PM
How old was your son when he was diagnosed? I'm so impressed he is so responsible with his care! I am having a tough time motivating my daughter to take charge. She just has this feeling of doom, that she has no hope for a future. I wish I could get it through to her that she can control this and live a normal life, but she won't get serious about her control. I, of course, know what she needs to do, but she excludes me a lot and isn't honest about her readings, very discouraging. We are dealing with more than just compliance issues, more depressive symptoms, etc. Thank you for sharing! This community is always an encouragement to me. We have good days and bad.. the bad are bad.. wish they would get less and less.. but more downs than up right now.