D-Dad: Mike of The Type 1 Game

by Leighann on February 1, 2010

D-Mom Blog Featured D-Dad

Mike LeBlanc’s blog is one of the few written by dads that I have found. And it’s a must read for his perspective.

I invite you to read about Mike and his daughter Adele and then visit his blog The Type 1 Game.

I’d like to introduce you to Mike of The Type 1 Game.

Tell me something about your child.

Adele is almost 10 years old and in grade 4. She loves swimming, playing Wii, riding her bike, playing with her many friends, her Webkinz, her hamsters and nice clothes.

She always works hard and does really well in school. She wants to be either a teacher or a doctor when she grows up. She also dreams of getting married someday, owning a big house and having 2 kids and a dog.

She is and always will be my special princess.

Mike and Adele

Mike with his daughter Adele at the start of day 2 of the 2009 Cyclebetes relay.

How old was your child when diagnosed?

She was 2.5 years old.

How was your child diagnosed?

Adele was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease after being quite sick for 6 months. Upon researching this disease which was totally unknown to us, we came across a list of other auto-immune diseases include Type 1 and recognized the symptoms – insatiable thirst and frequent urination (she would soak diapers in a matter of hours).

How has your child’s life changed since diagnosis?

Adele is socially less mature than other kids her age. She rarely (almost never) goes to sleepovers because of her T1.  She doesn’t remember what it was like before T1, she was too young.

On the other hand, she’s much braver than me because of her T1 and all of the nurses are amazed at how good she is at getting blood tests. She’s had lots of practice 🙂

How has your family’s life changed since diagnosis?

Either myself or my wife are always on call and the cupboard beside the sink in the kitchen is a mini pharmacy. We can wake up, check her blood sugar in the middle of the night and go right back to sleep (we practice this every single night).

The thing that my wife misses the most is that we can’t get away overnight just the 2 of us. We’re working on sending Adele to camp next summer to fix this. It is comforting to hear of families that are going through the same thing.

How has connecting online helped you cope with diabetes? What online resources do you use?

Initially, I started my blog to educate friends and family about what it’s really like to live with T1.  But I’ve since discovered so many other D-bloggers out there.

TuDiabetes has lots of useful information, but I need to filter through the information and only read the positive stuff.  The complaining and complications just make me depressed.

How do you manage diabetes?

We’ve been pumping for the past 6 years. We started using the CGM in May, 2009.  In my opinion, the CGM technology isn’t quite there yet, but it’s still a very useful tool.

What would you tell parents of a newly diagnosed child?

It’s a lot of work, but manageable. You’re much stronger than you think you are, don’t get too caught up in the number and remember to laugh once in a while.  Oh yeah, and ride your bike 🙂

Self-pity is useless. Get involved in JDRF fundraising and be part of the race for a cure.

What do you know now that you wish you had known at diagnosis?

That your life will eventually return to normal. It’ll be a different normal, but still normal.

Do you do any fundraising?

I am involved in our local outreach program, we participate in the Walk to Cure Type 1 every year and I’ve organized charity bike rides the past 3 years for JDRF.

I’ve also ridden as part of a provincial bike relay across Canada called Cyclebetes in 2009 and will again be part of Cyclebetes in 2010 and beyond.


The Maritimes team of the 2009 Cyclebetes relay before leaving from Halifax, Nova Scotia in the wake of Hurricane Bill. The tandem bike in the photo made it’s way from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia in 3 weeks.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel February 1, 2010 at 7:11 am

It is nice to see a d-dad here! Nicely done Leighann! 🙂 You know one thing that Mike said hit home to me. He said “Adele is socially less mature than other kids her age.”. You know Adam and I often talk about Tristan’s lack of maturity. Sometimes he acts younger then his 3 year old brother. I wonder if diabetes plays a role in that? I will have to find out. Thanks for giving me something to think about Mike. 🙂


2 Kristin February 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Yep – very cool that you profiled a dad! My husband spends as much time as I do taking care of our 1 1/2 year old son with type 1, but doesn’t always find as many men to trade notes with. He’s a big biker, too – he’ll like Mike’s blog.

You have a great blog – great resource and sanity check! 🙂


3 Cherise February 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Thank you for introducing us to a D-dad. You rock! Keep up the good work.


4 Lorraine February 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

Hi Mike,

Thanks for sharing your story. I’m interested to hear how D-Camp goes. I’m optimistic it will be a great experience for all of you!


5 Matt March 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I am finding a tough time finding blogs from dads so thanks for posting this one. I enjoy the perspective of any parent of a T1, so mom blogs are great. 🙂

My wife is not really into the online sharing thing so I am the family blogger.


6 Leighann March 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Matt- Check out the blogroll, several D-Dads are listed (featured ones like Mike at the top and more toward the bottom). And fill out the form if you would like to be listed as well.

Thanks for stopping by!


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