Caleb is my second of three children. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three in January 2007. He has used the OmniPod Insulin Management System since April 2007 and the DexCom Continuos Glucose Monitor since September 2009. He has also used an open source version of a hybrid closed loop system known as Loop.
I am a mother, a wife, a CPA and a type 1 diabetes advocate, among other things. My son Caleb was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January 2007 at the age of three. No one in either my or my husband’s families is known to have type 1 diabetes. We knew very little about it when Caleb was diagnosed. In the weeks following I felt very isolated.
Since Caleb was diagnosed, I have been fortunate to find the support that I need; I have found it online. I wish I had discovered it sooner than I did. I am often contacted by parents of children living with type 1 diabetes or diabetics themselves who find me through online vehicles like Twitter, YouTube or TuDiabetes. All too often I am contacted because someone is newly diagnosed and I am happy to reach out to them, to provide support and share our experiences.
I started this blog for those people. I find myself telling many of these stories over and over again. I have finally taken the time to articulate them properly. They are here for those referred to me or those that happen upon them.
Everyone who lives with diabetes has a different story to tell. I have read and heard many of them. Even though the stories and their details vary, there is a consistent theme to all of them. They are all relatable.
I share our experiences so that others do not feel isolated. Our decisions and approach related to Caleb’s care are ours and ours alone. I do not ever mean to imply that what we do is what anyone else should do. I merely share our experiences as a point of reference.
Thank you for taking the time to visit.
I wish you the best.
If you are wondering about the name of this blog, it comes from the first videos I made about Caleb’s life with diabetes. The opening screen of two of these videos displays the words “This is Caleb…”. Here is the first:
As noted above, I am not a medical professional in any capacity and nothing written by me is intended as medical advice or to replace the advice of your or child’s doctor.