This is my son, Kurt. He was diagnosed January 24th after he had been sick for over 2 weeks and had started to breathe funny. Turns out he was in DKA and his blood sugar was close to 500! It’s been almost 9 months now and we’re still figuring things out, and some days I get very overwhelmed. But Kurt is back to his happy, playful, curious self, and he’s healthy which is the most important thing!

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
We’ve been questioned multiple times about if he can eat cake or sweets, or “what if he wants to play sports?” I just smile and say “He can do anything any other kid can do. We just have to think it through a little more, plan a little more, and pay a little more attention.”

How do you inspire others?
Kurt inspires me (his mother) every day, just by how brave he is. He never fusses over getting his finger pricked. He never whines when he gets his shots. He actually asks me to check his blood sugar more often than he needs! To get your fingers pricked at least 6 times a day, get at least 4 or 5 shots a day, and still be so happy and full of curiosity and adventure and love?! Even when his blood sugar is all over the place and it feels like I have no control and there’s “no end in sight,” I see him smiling and I can’t complain. He’s happy and healthy, and I’m proud to be his mommy.

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