I Love Someone with Diabetes: Elizabeth Dodds

By American Diabetes Association

Diabetes affects the whole family, whether you’re a parent, sibling, child, grandchild or spouse. This week on the blog, we’ll be featuring stories about loving and caring for someone with diabetes.

Bryan with their three children in Mexico Beach, Fla.

Name: Elizabeth Dodds
Location: West Columbia, Texas

I love someone with diabetes! My husband of almost 17 years, Bryan, has type 1.

Bryan was diagnosed at 18 (he’s now 36). He was in the Army at the time, just completing boot camp. This obviously didn’t work in his favor, and he was sent home within a few weeks—just shy of the length of time needed to be recognized as a veteran.

We have three beautiful children: Tyler is almost 16, Rhys is 13 and Griffin is 8. Bryan’s diabetes is as much a part of our marriage as our children. It is constant worry, fear and expense to take care of a loved one with diabetes. But we stick together through it all.

I am constantly on alert, watching for signs of his lows and highs. I’m afraid to go out of town without my husband because his blood glucose could drop in the middle of the night, which has happened way too many times to count.

Our children don’t know what it’s like for their dad NOT to have diabetes. They have had to learn about calling for help if I’m not home and something happens to their dad. They have seen him check his blood glucose countless times, and sometimes they even volunteer to give him shots “just for fun.” I hope this experience means they are growing up as compassionate human beings—people who just happen to think needles are no big deal.

As frustrating as it is for us, I must remember that Bryan has to deal with the effects of the disease every minute of every day. He amazes me with his strong work ethic, always working hard for our family. And I love his resilience, always bouncing back when diabetes knocks him down.

Bryan is not just his diabetes. He is so much more, and he never lets diabetes get in the way of being an active father. He coaches our sons and daughter in baseball and soccer, plays countless games of backyard ball, never misses a school program or birthday party (and we can’t forget all the tea parties he’s hosted with our daughter!). We take road trips whenever we can and love spending time together as a family. We especially love finding fun local places to eat on the road and any beach with white sand.

My hope, wish and prayer for Bryan is that there will be a breakthrough in diabetes research. That someday he won’t have to worry about lows or highs. My wish is always to grow old with the love of my life and enjoy our family together.

If diabetes is in your family, keep it on your radar at all times but try to not make it the center of your life. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help and advice. And do your research! If I have a question about diabetes, I look it up. I research facts, news, other people’s stories that I can relate to.

Communication with your loved one is key. Hiding your fears or questions doesn’t help any situation. Neither does hiding blood glucose results. Don’t wait until you’re in the doctor’s office to discuss diabetes issues with each other.

From:: http://diabetesstopshere.org/2015/02/22/elizabeth-dodds/

Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah C.B. Helping Hands Ministries Founder/Overseer / Business owner / Nurse, Friend, Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah, a small town country girl with a big heart. That big heart didn’t go unnoticed by God. At age 8; Apostle Shelia made the most important decision of her life. She decided to follow Christ. It wasn’t long before she heard the calling of God upon her life to reach the lost at any cost. To touch lives, one person at a time. By age 15 she was actively ministering to many in her community. From the young to the elderly, and even the dying; she has made it a priority to care for the souls of those in need. Today Apostle Shelia leads the C.B. Helping Hands Ministries team on a greater call. A call to reach the lost not just in our community but also around the world. C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and Apostle Shelia have become the vessel that God is using to bridge the gap between generations and touch the hearts of a lost, and dying world. Daily she ministers to the homeless, battered women, suicidal people and at risk youth among others. As a John Maxwell certified coach, and speaker she travels the world adding value to others. She is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and helping others see their true potential. With a never quit attitude and unwavering faith, she has been able to build C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and testify of God’s provisions and unfailing love. Making sure to always give God the honor and praise. She motivates young adults like none other. She has become a renown inspirational speaker like none other. She is real, she is alive, she is on fire and excited about transforming, and adding value to others.. She is new, real, and a breath of fresh air. Called, and anointed for such a time as this.
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