Tuesday, May 10, 2011

D-Blog Week Day Two- Letter Writing Day

Dear Lily,

You melt my heart every time I look at you. You have the biggest, brownest eyes I have ever seen and you are so innocent that you can literally see your every thought in them. I am so proud of who you have become and how much you have grown in your short 7 years.

You have learned to sit
You have learned to crawl
You have learned to eat solid foods
You have learned to say so many words
You have learned how to share (sometimes)
You have learned how to play sports
You have learned your letters and numbers
You have learned how to read
You have learned how to ride a bike on two wheels
You have learned how to draw and paint
You have learned how to be a loving friend...

And you were diagnosed with diabetes.

All in 7 short years.

I know that diabetes is always going to be with you. It is not all you are though. I want you to know that diabetes has made you stronger and braver than anyone else I know. I want you to know that I think you have done an amazing job at handling all that this disease has thrown at you at such a young age. I want you to know that when you are sad about having diabetes, you are not alone...I am sad with you. When you are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, I am here to help you with that burden in any way I can.

I never want you to lose hope that one day, this will all be behind you. And if it's not, it will get easier for you to manage. You are different Lily. But it's not diabetes that makes you different...it's your beauty that shines through your beautiful eyes. It's the way you care and love for things that matter. It's the notes that you leave for your little sister that are so loving when you think no one else sees them. It's the times I catch you laying on the floor with Scooter and Reilley, rubbing their tummies and whispering sweet nothings to them. It's the way you look at me with that bashful look under those insanely long lashes...the look that is going to stop many boys hearts. You are different because you are an unique individual that loves herself...diabetes and all. And I love you more than anything.




  1. She is going to be a knock-out. I am all about the lashes Kim!!! :)

    What a beautiful letter to Lily. AND I liked that you focused on the other features that make her "different" ... not "D".

  2. Oh, those eyes! Gorgeous!

    Beautiful letter!

  3. Beautiful letter. I've forgotten in all these responses to tell you about a friend that I went to high school with who has T1. She's now 35, married & has a beautiful, healthy little boy. It has been a different "growing up" for her, but she has a wonderful, happy life & though she deals with T1 every day, she leads that happy life & I have every confidence that Lily will too. You, like my friend's parents, are wonderful role models in being realistic about the disease, without making your child feel like they cannot grow up & live a great life.