Have you read THIS? (it's an interview with Nat Strand) As a mom of a type one diabetic, it really spoke to me. Yes of course I am awe inspired by Nat. She is amazing! To be the first all woman team to win Amazing Race is inspiring in itself but to know what she had to deal with every day of this challenge and all of the supplies that she had to find room for etc. is nothing short of amazing!
The part that really got to me was here:
DM) I have to start by asking: didn’t anybody ever tell you there are things you can’t or shouldn’t do with diabetes? NS) I remember when I was diagnosed someone said, ‘You can’t be a truck driver and you can’t be a pilot.’ So that left everything else on the list of things I could do.
My parents were very good. They never told me there was anything I couldn’t do. I still went on vacations, I still slept over at friend’s houses, I studied abroad.
Maybe it's because she is still so young and D is new to us but a sleep over is scary enough let alone studying abroad. Abroad like in another country where I can't just go to my local pharmacy and get supplies and drive them to where ever she is if she happens to need them. Abroad like if she wound up in the hospital, it would take longer than a few min or hours to get to her.
After I read the interview, I did some soul searching and decided that I need to let go of some of my fears. I don't want my fears to EVER stand in Bekah's way of being the best that she can be! I don't want her to ever not take a challenge head on because of me and any fears that I have instilled in her. It is difficult knowing how close we were to losing her when she was dx but, I have to trust that God is watching over my baby girl even closer than I ever could. He loves her more than I do and always has her best interests at heart.
Bekah probably won't want to do the Amazing Race or study abroad but I won't be the one to stand in her way of reaching her dreams! I have never told Bekah that because of D that there were things she couldn't do. I want to be like Nat's parents though and give my little girl all that she needs to be amazing!