Thank You, D-Mom.

by Leighann on August 3, 2012

The first time I watched this commercial, I wasn’t watching the mothers of athletes waking their children to go to early morning practice.

I was watching d-moms getting up in the night to check on their kids and wake them up to eat.

When I saw the moms watching their children at practice, I didn’t think that Olympic gold was on their minds.

I saw d-moms watching their children, wondering if blood sugars were dropping from activity or spiking from adrenalin.

I think we can liken being the parent of a child with diabetes with an Olympic endurance sport. Though there are many sprints as we triage immediate situations, it is a marathon with a finish line that eludes us.

We are not the moms who drop their children at the door, returning later after running errands or enjoying an hour of me time. Rather we are on the bench watching our children at every single practice.

We help train our children, not for an opponent that they will meet on the track, on the mat, or on the field. We train them for the day that we, as their coaches, will step aside and let them take the lead.

The hardest job in the world,
is the best job in the world.
Thank you, Mom.

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1 Jessica Apple August 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

Lovely post. My husband always says… Diabetes is an endurance sport.

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2 Sarah August 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

Lovely commercial and lovely post. Thank you.

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3 Leslie August 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

This is just beautiful. Perfect words.
Leslie

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4 Denise aka Mom of Bean August 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I have watched these Olympics with a totally different perspective….D on the brain! Thinking things like…if she had T1, what site would work best in that uniform? would they show a BG check as they warmed up? could they go later in the rotation or during the second heat if their BG was too low? UGH!

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5 Dana Tessler August 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I LOVED this post – thanks. I hadn’t seen the commercial and if I had I wouldn’t have made the connection. However, you hit the nail on the head with this one!!

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6 Rachel August 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for the -very- real cry and smile today. Amazing analogy and post.

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7 Amy @ The Sugar Sharks August 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

A-ha! That commercial has made me teary-eyed every time I’ve seen it and I wasn’t sure why. I think you just hit the nail on the head. I definitely see the connection between those dedicated sports parents and us D-moms!

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8 Andreina August 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

great post!! thanks for sharing! It applies also all the moms that have children with some kind of disability or condition!

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