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diabetes(Editor’s Note: Tonight, we welcome a new blogger, Tami, who introduces us to her story. You can connect with Tami at her profile: @tneumann.)

This is the day that we learned that my 12-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The next four days were spent at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. I am not sure that I remember much of what happened in those four days. I do remember the amazing changes that happened when insulin entered my son’s body. He perked up. There was color in his cheeks when there wasn’t any before and the circles under his eyes, poof!, they were gone.

He was amazing, he listened as the dietitian taught us how to count carbs and how our diabetes educator taught us how to manage the disease and how to calculate his insulin. Within that first day, he was giving himself injections and had mastered the math. He was adapting to his new life.

This blog is written as a view from my perspective as a single parent with a child with a chronic illness–Type 1 Diabetes.

Written on July 16, 2012

Tami Neumann – Mom to Brandon

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  1. Profile photo of Denise

    Hi Tami–I am sooooo glad you are blogging! And, I’m thrilled you’ve joined us. !!

    Brandon sounds just amazing. He sounds like he’s got a spirit that takes him through and across the finish line.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your story and to “meeting” Brandon. :)

    • Profile photo of Tami


      Thank you! You have created such a wonderful caring community here! I am so excited to be a part of it. I already feel welcome!


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    Welcome Tami! Brandon sounds like one awesome child. As attentive and adaptive as he was to what is to become a new way of life to both of you,is really nothing short of astounding. The way you describe his physical change upon receiving the insulin is uncanny. That’s exactly how my husband, a type 2 diabetic, looks when he’s out of whack. (And BTW which he started out as smart about it as Brandon did!). Looking forward to getting to know you and Brandon.

    • Profile photo of Tami

      Thank you Amy –

      I am amazed at this site and all the support here! Thank you for the welcome and the kind comments! That was my first video chat and I loved it! It was great to hear how others deal with being a caregiver!

      I know that caring for parents can be very difficult I am here for you!


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      Hi Pegi-

      Thank you for the wonderful comments! Brandon is an awesome and totally hilarious kid that is doing his best to wrangle this beast of T1D! He is my hero!

      It is amazing what insulin can do! I wish you and your husband the best and I look forward to getting to know you and all the great welcoming people here on!


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    I am so glad you are blogging here. I am amy and i care for my parents. I also enjoyed seeing you on the video chat. You did an awesome job. Looking forward to getting to know you better.


    • Profile photo of Tami

      Opps AMy and Pegi –

      I am still learning here on the site. Amy my response to your comment ended up under Pegi’s comment. I promise I will get better at this!


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    Welcome! Looking forward to reading your posts!


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