Without Envy

Raising a child with type 1 diabetes to live life to the fullest, and other things that make us happy

Category: Coping

Delightful Survivors

The rigid person is a disciple of death; The soft, supple and delicate are lovers of life.                                 –Tao Te Ching   For Diabetes D-Blog Week Day 2 the topic is to tell about one diabetes thing that we do […]

A Tribute, of sorts

Franca and I work very hard and with much thought to not let Lia’s diabetes bring her down. There are good days and there are bad days and sometimes we have to work much harder and be much more creative than others. But the human spirit is resilient and we’ve found that sometimes all we have […]

The Wild Blue Yonder

How do you manage? This is one question in relation to Lia’s diabetes that Franca and I hardly ever get asked. I can’t remember the last time in fact, which is both bizarre and at the same time understandable, because caring for type 1 diabetes is one of those things where looks are not only […]

Come What Come May

Any parent of a child with type 1 diabetes knows the importance of living in the present. To live any other way is to focus too much on those things that lie beyond our control. Better treatments. Soaring costs. A cure. But what about that other member of the family, the sibling? For Krista, who’s […]

Lending to a Wounded Hand

I’ve been thinking of what to write for this post for some time, going all the way back to last summer when I first began to see for myself the dangers of what I will call over-volunteering. It sounds strange to me even now, all these months later, quantifying the effort I applied to finding […]

Man vs. The Empire Brain Building

epiphany / iᴵpif ǝ ni/ n. pl – nies 1. a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something 2. an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking. A shining forth Aha! In the summer writing classes I teach at a local university, I […]

Dog Days of Summer

A few years ago I wrote a story about a dog we owned named, Digger. The piece was for a local publication which every August ran a special “Dog Days of Summer” edition printing favorite pet stories submitted by their readers (you can read it here, if you’re interested). The story was, originally-enough, titled “Digger”, […]

Speaking of Dogs

Take diabetes, for instance. In many ways, raising a dog is a lot like controlling blood sugars, minus of course the extreme health risk. You study the science. You learn the technique. You get up every day determined to do your best and when things go the way you had planned you celebrate. You applaud […]

Quandary
(Or the Worst Autobiography Ever)

What a bind I feel in these days; yet also prepared, illuminated, and forewarned. The problem, in fact, may be that I know too much, which don’t get me wrong, in this case that’s a good thing. For instance, I know how much time caring for a child with diabetes requires of a parent. The […]

External Genetistry

It was a common yet unproductive habit in the days, weeks and months following Lia’s diagnosis to do as any worried parent might do and question every external encounter or genetic mutation in our family history in pursuit of where had this come from. Often it wasn’t a very long thought, really more of a […]