In the time since Madeline was diagnosed with T1D, I’ve been given countless nuggets of advice and opinions about the endless array of issues related to living with this disease. Turns out, these opinions and bits of wisdom are commonly held, as I’ve seen them repeatedly shared across the T1D landscape: on social media, in books, on blogs, in doctors’ offices, in support groups… everywhere. Because I believe in good intentions, I believe that most of these opinions are shared to support kids’ and families’ transition into a life dominated by this disease.
An opinion is an individual truth. It is not, however, a fact. Yet, I have sadly discovered that many of these opinions are often purported as facts. The most frequently expressed opinion-disguised-as-fact, in my experience, is this:
You can let your child eat whatever she wants, just cover it with insulin.
This is an individual truth. It is an opinion. It is not a fact.
And I have learned over time that it is not the truth for Madeline or our family at all.