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In 2009, at 14 months of age, our son developed type 1 diabetes. Our (then) pediatricians failed to put the symptoms together, so we self-diagnosed with help from Erik’s co-worker, whose son was also diagnosed as a toddler. We were discovering that: type 1 is often not recognized in children this young, and that we’d entered a larger family where people we barely knew would be helping us along with advice and support.

Parenting a kiddo with type 1 who can’t yet talk or be self-reflective (“little drunk people,” a friend of Erik’s calls toddlers) has its own challenges. With more children being diagnosed at an earlier age, it’s sadly becoming a more common one. Luckily, there are bloggers out there sharing their experiences as parents of young ones with type 1, parents to older kids who’ve let me imagine Lukas growing up as a happy kid, and adults who give me hope that he’ll have a chance at a reasonable chunk of adult life to look forward to. Adding our experiences here to the mix, for others looking for a bit of companionship and points of comparison – we’re not alone.

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  1. Cindy #

    I’m right there with you guys! I’ve been diabetic for 23 years, but when my daughter was diagnosed at 27-months-old, it turned my world upside down! It’s a completely different disease to deal with when the person with it is a toddler! Good luck with your journey!

    February 13, 2010
    • Thanks for the well wishes, and good luck to both of you as well!

      February 15, 2010
  2. Hi !

    Just wanted to reach out and say hello. Nice blog! I noticed you don’t have DiabetesMine in your blogroll, so we should exchange links!

    All the best,
    AmyT

    http://www.diabetesmine.com

    June 20, 2011
  3. It’s going to be tough road to take, but you have to keep it strong. I wish you all the best.

    April 13, 2012
  4. ollieglass #

    Hello Kristin,

    I saw your comment on Allison B’s post about the Magic Carbonator 5000 at Diabetes Mine.

    I really want to make this app. Right now, it all comes down to the number of people who’d use it. If enough people are interested, we can make it work. I’ve made a blog and posted an outline of how it could be done here: http://carbonator5000.wordpress.com/

    If you’d like to see it become a reality too, could you help me get the word out to people?

    Best wishes,

    Ollie

    May 19, 2012

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