Keep the Cart in Front of the Horse - Diabetes Awareness Month

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with MyLethbridgeRealty.com

Type 1 Diabetes - Peyton TolesMy family had the pleasure of being interviewed by our local newspaper today in light of November being Diabetes Awareness Month. Our 14 month old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in May, and they felt that we would be good spokespeople for the cause.

It wasn't until after the interview that my comments and insights started to bounce around in my own head. In our limited amount of time, I'm sure I missed some important details. Just for the sake of sleeping tonight, I will get them out here:

1. I could not continue in the demanding career of real estate without the help of my mother. She is not only a Realtor, but one of the few people brave enough to learn how to do the injections, blood glucose tests and all the other aspects of caring for a child with diabetes. I call and she says "clients or kids?" and then steps in and helps wherever needed.

2. We have an amazing day home provider. She is one of the few that has learned all that is involved and treats my kids as if they were her own.

3. My husband is pretty fantastic too! I suspect that when a child gets ill (whether it be a cold or a life long illness) 90% of the time it's mom who steps in and takes over. He knows how important career is to me and makes sure that I get to fulfil myself in that area of my life. He is a complete hands-on, "I-can-do-this-so-back-off" kind of Dad.

4. I am thankful to all the people that ask me, "How do you do it all?" I am stubborn and am always pleased when I can exceed others expectations. Some days, I think that all you really have to do is put your cart WAY in front of your horse and run like hell! (And then after a long day of running, remember to slow it down and enjoy the important things!)

Thanks for letting me get that out... I feel a good night's sleep coming on!

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Mirela Monte
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Liz my heart goes out to you!  Nothing affects me more than my children being sick.  I would gladly trade places with them and take whatever ails them and give them my health.   

Diabetes runs in my family also, but I don't have it.  My mom believes in holistic healing and has encouraged us to go that route also.  I have been taking chromium piccolinate for over 30 years now (400mcg).  I sincerely hope that you will research it and possibly ask your endocrinologist about it.  A good source of information is Dr. Balch's book: "Nutritional Healing". 

I hope this helps.  There is much hope for treating diabeter holistically. 

Good luck!

November 07, 2008 11:14 PM
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Mirela Monte
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Right after I posted this comment your Angel's picture popped up.  She is so beautiful and she is the spitting image of you!  I pray that she becomes diabetes free.

November 07, 2008 11:16 PM
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Mirela: Thanks for your comments... I have already Googled chromium piccolinate! I will ask our endocrinologist about it the next time we meet with him. Unfortunately, in Type 1 diabetes, the body doesn't produce insulin (as opposed to Type 2 where the body produces it, but just does not use it effectively, as I am sure you know with it running in your family) so she will always require insulin injections in order to convert her "carbohydrates" into energy.

I also believe in holistic healing (and have argued with many Dr's on the matter), but the only thing that will make her diabetes free is a cure (one where there can be a successful implant of the insulin producing Islet cells of the pancreas.... and where her body doesn't attack them again without the help of immune suppressing drugs (which they are finding tend to cause cancer).)

On the upside, if we can keep tight control of her blood sugar, we can hopefully steer clear of complications. This is something we can do.... some parents don't have that option of maintaining their child's health, so we feel very fortunate.

I really appreciate your advice... I am always drawn to your posts and your positive attitude and am flattered to have your comments here. Have a great weekend!

November 07, 2008 11:33 PM
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Mirela Monte
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Thank you Liz! 

My intuition tells me she'll be diabetes free by 4 years of age. 

You will find a way to get her there.

November 07, 2008 11:59 PM
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Thanks again Mirela, but I have to ask... if you have been chromium piccolinate for over 30 years now, I am thinking you started when you were about 5?

November 08, 2008 12:14 AM
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No, it was at 2!  Thanks! 

It's no secret:  everyone knows I'm only 29 and a few months.  ...216 to be exact!

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