It was just four words, with a smile, that really changed my out look on children with diabetes. Only a few weeks or so after my second daughter (princess is her nickname) was diagnosed we had many visitors, to see her and check in on us. They brought food, flowers, gifts for the other girls and one person brought a bottle of wine. We were touched at the out pouring of support and love from our friends and family. But it was princesses response to our visitors that left me speechless, left our visitors speechless and change my thinking. The visitors would ask her how she was doing and she was all smiles, trying to put on a show like she always does, she would answer with the typical 3 year old answers. But out of no where she started saying something very different, shocking, I think it left a few in tears if I’m not mistaken. I could not believe it when my wife told me, I kind of laughed, it was cute, it was a 3 year old. She started telling people she had “purple diabetes”, seriously, I’m not making this up. I think after it sank in, I went into the garage and cried.
The striking thing about her statement to me is, she defined diabetes at 3 years old. Some how in her mind she was going to define diabetes, and not the reverse. She is my child with the strong personality, very opinionated and my mom says she is just like me. Did my little girl say that, did she make a stand, a profound statement. I think she made a statement at 3 years old that taught me something, she seems to be more at peace with her disease than I am as a parent. I guess we can all learn something from a little girl with a bleeding finger.