Waltzing the Dragon

Two moms talking about our families' lives with type 1 diabetes


We are two moms sharing the challenges and joys of living with the diabetes dragon: Danielle’s teen son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001 at the age of 18 months; Michelle’s school-aged son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008 at the age of 14 months.

Anyone whose life has been affected by diabetes will recognize the dragon: diabetes can be fearsome and overwhelmingly large; it can scorch us when it breathes its characteristic fire; we would love to ride in on a sturdy steed and slay the dragon so that our children, our families, don’t have to live with this troublesome beast. And yet what we sometimes fail to recognize is that, even though we cannot slay the dragon (there is not yet a cure for Type 1 Diabetes), it is tameable. We cannot tame it by burying our head in the sand and pretending it does not exist. We cannot tame it by screaming and yelling and stomping our feet and rebelling against it. Instead we need to learn to interact positively with it, to take control calmly and confidently… to dance with it.

More information about living well with type 1 diabetes at:


…an online resource that provides all the information families need to live well with type 1 diabetes, both physically AND emotionally.

Our goal is to empower parents to make the choices that fit best for their family, at any stage of diabetes education (beginner to advanced), by presenting a range of available options, as well as practical tips from our experience. Let’s dance!


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