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top 10, take two

my top 10 things that I appreciate about diabetes

10.  having a legitimate an excuse to buy excellent girly accessories (okay, so Madeline won’t wear most of them, but a girl can try, right?)

9a.  our visits to the pediatric endocrinologist at our children’s hospital every three months give me a reason to take a day off of work and spend it with Madeline

9b. the compassionate, expert staff in the Pediatric Endocrinology Department at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center), who, from the moment of Madeline’s diagnosis, made us understand that T1 was not our fault  and that we can live with it

8.  the instant camaraderie given within an exceedingly strong parent network—from which emerges an endless supply of support, advice, and empathy

7.  having a front-row seat to witness emerging research and technology

6.   the opportunity for Madeline to forge bonds with other children with T1

5.  T1 removes all excuses for maintaining poor health habits and disallows any tendency toward a “victim” mentality

4.  those quiet moments during the night to watch my children sleep

3.  T1 provides Madeline with daily evidence of how strong she is

2.  the opportunity for Madeline and her siblings to grow up understanding the impact of a chronic health condition, how it can be managed, and best of all, how life can still be fully lived with it by our sides

1. the lessons in gratitude



About Heather Garcia Queen

I am… a mother of 3 spectacular children. A wife of an architect extraordinaire. An MSW. A psychologist in an elementary school. A (wishful) writer. A protector of family and spirit. A worshipper of the natural world. A seeker of knowledge. A lover of the arts. An introvert. A silver-lining kind of girl.


4 thoughts on “top 10, take two

  1. I was thinking about Take #1 all day–and was thinking of coming up with a list too! This is beautiful.

    Posted by Katy | 04/29/2012, 4:27 pm


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