Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. For some reason, we’ve allowed ourselves as Americans to be fooled into accepting that one must be blessed with “means” to actuate appropriate health care. As a nation we have failed to realize that our health care system is a barometer of our society’s value for human life.

-Me

Monday, August 27, 2007

One Big Fat Year Later

Last year I started this site. Last year I thought it might be fun to write about diabetes, running, and food. I felt like sharing my experiences with a disease that has been my companion for roughly 16 years. I wanted to branch out and experience life as something other than a diabetic “on her own.”

I never planned for this blog to journal the diagnosis journey for my son’s autism. I never planned to journal my despair over my young daughter’s diabetes diagnosis only two weeks later.

One cannot predict the turns one’s life will take, independent of my own direction.

One year later I am stronger, smarter, my heart is more full, my legs are more tired, and my thoughts are heavier than I ever imagined they could be. One year and 11,518 visitors later……I am still the same mom with diabetes who struggled through the day in day outs of two pregnancies with type 1 diabetes to usher my babies into this world.

What do I expect for year 2?
1. I expect to finish my Partners in Policymaking leadership training course, and I hope to implement real change in the lives of family’s touched by developmental disability in my community.
2. I expect to continue to fear and be hurt by type 1 diabetes in my young daughter, but I also expect to be empowered by her awesome growth and ability to rise to any challenge she faces.
3. I expect to journey farther in the arena of occupational therapy and special education and I hope to partner with my son’s new school in a way I could not with his school last year.

What do I hope for?
1. I hope to learn how to apply to virtues of patience in all areas of my life, consistently.
2. I hope to apply my listening skills (rather than my speaking skills) in my relations with other families. I want to “hear” their hurdles, so I can have focus when I choose community problems I want to address with my leadership training.
3. Love in all of my affairs. Love and understanding.

4 comments:

Hannah said...

Sarah,

I wish you all the best and many, many, many happy returns! It's amazing how far one can come (and how many things can surprise you) in a year.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Hey Sarah,

I have taken strength and courage from your blog entries, and very much appreciate all that you have shared with us all.

Thank you!

Sam I Am said...

Happy anniversary!

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Sarah, you wanted some love - well I am sending you some b/c you are a great STRONG person who can really be proud of herself! I hope next year will be easier on you and your family! If there is any justice in this world, it has to be!