Dear Colin,

It has been 4 years today, November 11th, since you were diagnosed with Type one Diabetes. I thought my life ended that day. I was afraid your life had ended that day. I was afraid you could never be a "normal" child. I remember thinking that you would never eat ice cream, play with your friends or enjoy life. I wondered how you could possibly go to school, get married and play sports. I was scared out of my mind.

I was right about one thing- there is nothing "normal" about you. You have proven to me, over and over, that you are nothing short of EXTRAORDINARY. You do everything I was afraid that you could not do and more. When you received the honor of Character Student of the Month last month at school for being Trustworthy, I cried for an hour. I never dreamed that at 6 years old you would be trusted to check your own blood sugar at school, be honest about your numbers and never sneak a treat without asking. And that honor was the confirmation that I needed that you would be just fine. Your advances in karate prove to me that your confidence will help you through any obstacle put in front of you- diabetes related or not.

Today, when we went out to pancakes, you beamed with delight as you told the waitress "this is my anniversary!!! I have had diabetes 4 years! Bring on the pancakes!!!" She had no idea how to respond, but I did. With a type of pride most mothers never know.

You continue to amaze me each and every day. You constantly surpass every expectation I have ever had for you. How did I get so lucky? What did I do to deserve to have you in my life? Diabetes be damned- you are a daily inspiration to those around you.

Thank you so much for choosing me to be your mommy. It is an honor I will never take for granted.

Love,
Mommy

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Comment by Marie B on November 11, 2009 at 12:29pm
What a beautiful letter. Colin is very lucky to have you for a mother. I would like to be adopted! thank you for sharing this!
Comment by colinsmom on November 11, 2009 at 12:37pm
Thanks Marie! But I am the lucky one! I was just overwhelmed by how lucky I am today!
Comment by Gerri on November 11, 2009 at 1:57pm
I can see why Colin chose you to be his mommy.

What a beautiful tribute to your precious son!
Comment by Terrie on November 11, 2009 at 1:57pm
Aw!! That's so Sweet. And What a Great Little Guy. :) Certainly mature for his age. You are Both Lucky. I'm Glad that he got his pancakes for such a Special Celebration. Congratulations to Colin.
Comment by Kristin on November 11, 2009 at 3:33pm
OK, I'm crying like a baby here. This is one beautiful letter. You should print it and give it to Colin when he is older.

Sounds like you have many reasons to be proud! But I guess that the apple didn't fall too far from the tree!
Comment by Dori S on November 11, 2009 at 4:13pm
I agree with Kristin. This is definitely a keepsake.
Comment by nel on November 12, 2009 at 12:03am
What a Mom , what a Son !... I am soooo moved, reading this .
A hug to Colin
Comment by Teena on November 12, 2009 at 2:09am
Beautiful letter... Youre a wonderful Mom.. Im was so touched. Thank you so much for sharing.
Comment by Doris D on November 12, 2009 at 9:57am
Gteat letter mom. I remember when you 1st came here. You were so upset that Collen was diagnosed. I don't know if you remember me or not but I told you he would surprise you and looks like he did!!! He will do you proud mom in the furture!!! I've been a Type 1 for 36 years now and am still surprising myself!!!
Comment by Renata Pellino-Porter on November 12, 2009 at 11:29am
Beautiful.

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