I often say this, and I know it sounds crazy, but diabetes keeps me living in the present. Yes, I adjust that last number, and hold my breath until the future reading, but really, I am not living too far into the future as I anticipate blood sugars.
In the media, there has been a lot of press about the "eminent cure" lately. Clinical trials for the artificial pancreas in children are underway, and a major breakthrough in stem cell research has just been announced. These are fantastic, and like all parents of diabetic children, I am very excited about the implications.
A cure is not available yet. I personally do not promise my six year old that he will see a cure. I do not yet tell him to hope for a cure. He must learn how to live with this disease in the present, and I worry that telling him a cure is just around the corner could be counterproductive of his acceptance right now. He has to take this crazy bull by the horns and ride it.
I do tell him that someday a doctor or scientist will invent something amazing to make his diabetic life easier. I do not specify what that would be because a child's expectations are so high.
Some of you reading this may just be diagnosed and learning the basics, therefore you may not even be aware of a potential cure. That is okay. Focus on the basics and work with your endocrinologist to find out what works for your child, your family and your routine. The cure will come... maybe.... eventually... we hope.
And if it doesn't, we will be okay. You will be okay. Your child will be okay. Right now, the best tool you have is information. Arm yourself with knowledge and you will be better able to manage this. It will not come overnight, and sometimes it will seem like too much. Just take small steps, and do not worry about becoming an expert. It will happen before you know it.
In the meantime, I suggest to live in the present. Take a deep breath and find the best position you can hold onto as you find your zen moment with diabetes.