Looking back to a year ago, my mind begins to spin like the spokes of my bike! So many changes, with so many hills and valleys (pun intended here). When I look back at my goals set for 2017, I would say that I have… for the most part, accomplished what I set out to do this year, despite a few bumps in the road. There is still so much more to work toward. One day at a time.
We have mastered so much as a FAMILY. Both Lilly and Grayson are growing leaps and bounds.
Lilly has always astonished me with her inquisitiveness, sense of humor and sometimes overly sensitive qualities. I realize that for her, these are important survival skills. While I can be quietly struggling to maintain blood glucose equilibrium, I understand that she too can and will feel the repercussions as my mood, my brain and my body become so disconnected. And I will do whatever it is to keep her and her brother safe and somewhat sheltered from it. I know when she is older she will understand more clearly, but for now, she knows as much as she needs to know. Her growing curiosity about how our bodies work and her love of anything and everything science related lets me know that she has a great wonder and appreciation for the world around her. I am so proud of the little person she is becoming.
Grayson, what can I say…this year has been nothing but growth. He has recently started a new preschool 5 days per week and I’m already beginning to see a difference in his language and ability to express himself more clearly, having actual back and forth conversations with Lilly. I’ve noticed an improvement in recognizing others emotions and an ability to express his own in more effective ways (you know other than throwing tantrums). It has taken a year but on his own terms (which is key) he has mastered the potty, telling me when he needs to go. We will continue to work on morning and bedtime routines, reading and working on getting himself dressed, but WOW, I think now perhaps I’m feeling a bit, well “unneeded”, but believe me…thats OK! I’m always of course needed, just perhaps not as much in the physical sense.
I am so very blessed.
Blessed to be surrounded by friends, family and an amazing husband who have supported me this year through some difficult times including two (small and non-invasive but none-the-less), surgeries, a face plant that led me to seek surgery (as I have written extensively about in a previous post) and day to day life with T1D.
I am also most thankful to have made some amazing friends from all over the country having participated in my very first (and not last) JDRF Ride. I never thought that 62 miles (100km) would have been possible, until I had the privilege of meeting some amazing people and Coaches, there for all the same reasons and touched in one way or another by Type One.
Not only was the experience one I will never forget, but fundraising was such a feeling of accomplishment. I felt like I was actually doing something to work towards a much needed cure. This year I will make a commitment to do more. I know it’s possible with the support of my family there by my side and a very special new ride partner to train with! It will be AMAZING! I thank all my family, friends, businesses, restaurants and individuals for their generous donations and for all of their support.
Here is to another year of health, happiness, personal growth and achievements! May we learn from the past, to grow and ensure a better future for our children! I know my children will continue to keep me on task! They always do!