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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Hi Pegi-\r\n\r\nThank you for the wonderful comments_mysql! Brandon is an awesome and totally hilarious kid that is doing his best to wrangle this beast of T1D! He is my hero!\r\n\r\nIt 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 caregiving.com!\r\n\r\nT


Thank you Amy -\r\n\r\nI am amazed at this site and all the support here! Thank you for the welcome and the kind comments_mysql! That was my first video chat and I loved it! It was great to hear how others deal with being a caregiver!\r\n\r\nI know that caring for parents can be very difficult I am here for you!\r\n\r\nT


Welcome! Looking forward to reading your posts!


Tami, \r\n\r\nI 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.\r\n\r\nAmy


Hi Tami--I am sooooo glad you are blogging! And, I'm thrilled you've joined us. !!\r\n\r\nBrandon sounds just amazing. He sounds like he's got a spirit that takes him through and across the finish line.\r\n\r\nI'm looking forward to reading more of your story and to \"meeting\" Brandon. :)