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Happy Mother's Day

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'd like to wish all the MOM's out there a very happy Mother's Day!

And to those of you who are D Mamas.... I have a very special wish for you!

I read this poem on the Parenting Diabetic Kids blog and I just had to share it...

A Mother's Promise by Gary Hempleman

She walks down the hallway in silence so deep,
Keep watch over him, as her little one sleeps.
With meter in hand, she opens his door,
Making sure not to wake him as she crosses the floor,
She sits on his bedside and brushes his hair,
As he dreams of shooting baskets, without a "D" care.
She holds his hand softly; his fingers so small,
As she watches and wonders why "D" came to call.
While she watches him sleeping, so peaceful and warm,
The forces inside him fight a constant "D" storm.
Will he ever be free of shots and blood testing?
She sits and she wonders as she watches him resting.
The beep of the meter breaks the silence of the night;
A small drop of blood tells if everything's right.
The seconds count down to the final display,
I hate this damn meter; i want to throw it away.
The number is fine, one down, a lifetime to go,
As he turns in his sleep, will he ever know?
Why does this "D" happen to someone so small?
My son is my hero, but my baby most of all.
She turns at his doorway, looking back one more time,
It's a nightly routine of the very worst kind.
She walks down the hallway and time passes by,
As she sits in dark silence and quietly cries.
I have to stay strong, and for him i will fight,
We'll battle this "D" with all of our might.
I'll teach him to master and conquer this foe,
This "D" will not stop him, I promised him so.
Gary 2001

 To all my D Mamas...

Being a Mother is hard.  Being a Mother to a child with diabetes is... Wow.

I can't say that it's harder because I don't know what it's like to be a Mother of a child without diabetes.  Well... I did.  For 3 years.  Regardless... it's a tough, demanding job.

I salute you all.

Whether you choose to use a pump or multiple daily injections...
Whether you log numbers or not...
Whether you support JDRF, DRI, Dr. Faustman, or something else...
Whether you check your child 10+ times a day or "only" 4...
Whether you check overnight or not...
Whether you count carbs or do carb factors...

We all love our children more than anything in the world.  We do what we do for them.  To give them the best possible chance at a long, healthy, happy life.  We all do what we think is right.

We are all heroes.  We are all warriors.

I thank you.... because you do what you do not just for your child... but for mine, as well.

I also really LOVED Cara's blog post over at Every Day Every Hour Every Minute - a letter to her Mom.  And not just because she mentioned me!  No - it's her letter to her mother that brings tears to my eyes. While we don't do what we do, as D Mamas, for a "thank you" - it's still nice to hear it!   I only hope that Sweetpea will one day grow into the strong, brave woman that Cara is! 

Wishing you all a very happy Mother's Day!

I will leave you with a beautiful video made by Tracy, Mom of the Diabetes Dude!

Click HERE to see it!
(pause the playlist first!)

To read last year's Mother's Day post, click HERE.  It includes the story "How God Selects the Mother of a Child with Diabetes" by Erma Bombeck.



  1. Happy Mother's Day to you too! We are all warriors and thank you for putting it so beautifully.

  2. Happy Day to you to. I want you to know that you are a rockstar and I love reading your posts.

  3. Bless you! And Happy Mother's Day.

  4. That poem was great...made me cry, but it was great.

  5. how funny! Up until a few weeks ago I had that poem on blog. Beautiful.

    Happy mothers day to one of favorite D mamas! Xoxo

  6. Happy Mother's Day, Hallie! What a great post, you are right-there's a little extra work in our mothering-but it's a lot without it too. Ps-loved the poem, thanks! : ) Holly

  7. Happy Mother's Day to you! God knew what he was doing when he entrusted Sweet Pea into your care. And her Dad's too. I'm sure she will grow up to be a stong woman, like her Mom, and hoping by the time she is grown a cure will be found. I do believe, at the very least, D care will be much safer and easier by then; hoping Sweets won't have to micro-manage every three hours like we have to today. But I'm betting on a cure.

  8. That poem made me cry!! Happy mothers day!

  9. What a beautiful poem, they took the words right from my very own heart.

    Happy Mothers Day! I hope that it is filled with many blessings for you, Hallie.



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