Amy S. Shneider was profiled in Boston.com for being a Joslin medalist. She has survived and thrived for decades, despite being diagnosed with T1 diabetes 50 years ago at the age of 5.
What does she credit her success to?
According to the article, excerpted below, the secret is us - parents of kids with diabetes.
...“It’s my mother who deserves the medal," Schneider said.
To test blood sugar back then, mothers had to boil something called Benedict’s solution and pour it into a test tube along with some of the child’s urine. If the solution turned a clear blue, that was good news; a milky orange or red meant that even with the insulin, the blood sugar was out of control.
Schneider said her mother also taught her to view diabetes as a fact of life, rather than an impediment.
“I had a family dynamic of ‘It happens, get through it,’" she said.
Although our kids may take all the nagging, haranguing and worrying as a pain in their butt, they all eventually come around to appreciating us like Amy has. You may just have to wait until they turn 55 though.