Finding relief from a chronic disease
For Maggie, T1D Camp is a weekend of, "You, too?" It's a being-known-ness that comes with the shared experience of the children who attend. It's a weekend of freedom that comes from prepared, gluten-free food (mom freedom!), camp counselors who are trained to look for lows, camp counselors who are diabetic themselves, camp counselors who CARRY THE KIDS' KITS for them (kid freedom!). And there is a freedom there that comes from being with people who are each in his or her own stage of grief and acceptance at the radical life change that comes with the diagnosis of a chronic disease now being a part of your life.
Maggie and I have a fairly positive outlook on life, but diabetes (and related celiac disease) has definitely changed our family in dramatic ways that can become hard in the day-to-day. We grow weary. T1D camp is an opportunity for camaraderie-ish grieving and joyful refreshment. I am so glad that somebody thought to create this time and place for families to be refreshed together.
Again this year Connect1d is giving us a scholarship to attend camp. This year's scholarship was in the amount of $550.00. As a thank-you to the organization and as a way to keep the funds from being depleted, we volunteered for their fundraising opportunity. If you know the kind of weariness of which I speak, or if you want to provide opportunities for relief or refreshment, consider supporting this large-scale pause-and-reflect-while-ALL-your-children-are-supervised-and-safe-and-you-don't-have-to-make-dinner-and-you-get-to-eat-somewhere-besides-home-because-they-sanitized-the-kitchen-and-someone-inspiring-is-going-to-talk-about-a-cure-while-someone-else-is-keeping-track-of-your-daughter's-blood-sugar -- that thing, if you want to give to that thing that comes to our family once a year, then click donate and help families like our find a moment of relief.