Proud to be a Mother of a Type 1 Diabetic

I cry “every time” I read this because it explains why I was chosen. Honestly, you can apply this to any mother who has children with special needs. Grab a tissue…

How God Selects the Mother of a Diabetic Child

by Erma Bombeck

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. Did you ever wonder how mothers of children with diabetes are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

“Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron Saint Matthew.”

“Forrest, Marjorie, daughter, Patron Saint Cecilia.”

“Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron Saint Gerard. He’s used to profanity.”

Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles, “Give her a child with diabetes.” The angel is curious. “Why this one, God? She’s so happy.”

“Exactly”, smiles God. “Could I give a child with diabetes to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel”.

“But has she the patience?” asks the angel.

“I don’t want her to have too much patience, or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she’ll handle it. I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I am going to give her has her own world. She has to make it live in her world and that’s not going to be easy.”

“But, Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you.”

God smiles. “No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness.”

The angel gasps. “Selfishness? Is that a virtue?”

God nods. “If she cannot separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with less than perfect.”

“She does not realize it yet, but she is to be envied. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see …. ignorance, cruelty, prejudice … and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as if she is here by my side.”

“And what about her patron saint?” asks the angel, his pen poised in mid-air. God smiles. “A mirror will suffice.”

In the beginning, I was mad at God, but after years of struggling and hard work, I found these priceless words that spoke to me and helped me see how special it really was to be Mom of a type 1 diabetic. I’m honored to be a chosen one. Thank you, God, for this special blessing that gave me great joy along with great trials and your many graces along the way.

I read it often and share it with others in the hope that it will touch someone, to open their eyes to see what a blessing they are to their child and the world.

Blessings in Carmel,





Find out more about Type 1 Diabetes at JDRF, (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)