I Love Someone with Diabetes: Olga Leonard

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.

Name: Olga Leonard
Location: Austin, Texas

I love two people with diabetes: my husband of 13 years, Trey, and our daughter, who is almost 10. Trey has had type 1 diabetes for 39 years, Sofie since age 5.

We are a tight family who completely loves and supports one another. I do my very best as a wife and mother to be there for my family, day and night. We have one other daughter, Elena, age 7, who really looks out for her big sister.

Sofie really takes charge of her diabetes. She checks her blood on her own every time, and gives her own boluses and corrections. She listens to her body and is SO in tune with how it feels. Since the beginning, she can tell when she is starting to go low. Impressive for a young child! Her strength and knowledge inspire me and so many people around her. I am just so proud of Sofie.

And of course, Trey inspires Sofie too. Although it makes him beyond sad knowing she got diabetes from his genetics, we’re grateful she is able to watch and learn from him. He shows her the right way to manage diabetes. Sure, he has his bad days too, but he knows her little eyes are watching him. That helps him stay positive and gives him strength to do the right thing.

We cannot leave home without all the necessary gear: meters, juices and so on. When we go on longer trips, we really need to prepare for any and all emergencies. We recently went to Cancun, and on the last day Sofie accidentally went in the ocean with her PUMP! Of course, it was our fault for not reminding her to disconnect it. So we borrowed my husband’s pump and supplies (he has the same one, but it’s not pink!) to help deliver insulin for the rest of the trip.

At this time we are not comfortable with Sofie attending sleepovers, especially when it places all the responsibility on other parents watching her. Luckily, I have two dear friends (who happen to live around the corner!) who have kindly learned about diabetes management. So I can let both girls stay over and have playdates and feel like Sofie is safe.

There are and have been sleepless, worrisome, stressed-out nights, but Sofie is taking this dreadful disease head-on. There are times when she gets mad at her diabetes. She cries when we have to change her pump infusion site every three days and just wishes for a cure. We hope there is one soon…very soon.

We strive to give Sofie the tools to make good decisions about her diabetes. We tell her she can do anything. She has already learned so much—but I would give anything for her to feel as free as her sister, to not have something attached to her body 24/7, to not have to worry about blood glucose checks and boluses and corrections.

This disease will not win—we will fight it and LIVE with it. People with diabetes can live and live well. Life is too beautiful to do otherwise! As tough as this disease can be, we as caregivers can show even more toughness, love and support to the ones we love.

From:: http://diabetesstopshere.org/2015/02/19/olga-leonard/

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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