By JACKIE GOLDSTON
It is the fear of the unknown that is the hardest.
The fear that drips into your soul when you don’t know if your child is still breathing during the night.
The fear of the reactions that people have when you test her blood or inject her in public.
The fear that someone will reject her or bully her because of her disease.
The fear that she will not be able to fulfil her dreams because of judgement or intolerance or discrimination.
Of course these are many of these fears that most parents have at some time. But for the parents of children and babies with type 1 diabetes, they are fears that are lived out every day.
My daughter Freya is nearly 6. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 11 months old.
Our lives changed forever the day that she was diagnosed; however I will be forever grateful that she is still alive and able to live a life where most people will never be able to tell she is any different to them. That’s because while it can be deadly, type 1 diabetes is a hidden illness.
Unfortunately Freya is different to her friends. She loves school, dancing and swimming. She is already a champion rock climber.
Jackie and Freya.