Vangelina Koteva is Cece’s mother. She decided to share her story about how she accepted her life with type 1 diabetes. I hope that this story will be an inspiration to many other parents whose children have diabetes. I also hope that it will help in the process of accepting their life with diabetes. Read her story below.
It all started on 12.07.2013, four days before Cece’s birthday. I woke up early as usual and got ready for work. Everything was fine until my husband called and told me that Cece had diabetes. There were still 15 minutes until the end of the working day, but I decided to leave the office earlier. When I arrived at the hospital, the doctor told me about Cece’s new condition and after that, we left for Skopje. The whole situation was unacceptable to me because Cece had no symptoms at all.
When we arrived in Skopje, doctors at the hospital told us that Cece should inject insulin every day. That day was very difficult for us. We were in shock, especially Cece.
Before she started going to school, Cece became very persistent in learning to take insulin on her own and checking her blood sugar levels herself. She did that so she can join her friends on the school excursions. At the age of 10, Cece was able to check her blood sugar levels and take insulin on her own. In that way, she proved to us that she is a responsible girl.
Her first excursion
When she first went on an excursion, I was scared, but this experience helped her mature faster. Today, Cece is a beautiful, excellent and responsible girl who is in her second year of high school. She exercises every day and es everything that is best for her and her diabetes. She usually says: “With good control, a healthy diet and most importantly, by accepting my condition, I can live a great, healthy and happy life.”
Her message to all parents whose children have type 1 diabetes is the following: “Accept your child’s condition and help them accept it too. “With regular control on the blood sugar levels and insulin therapy, people with diabetes can have a normal life and can easily fight for what they want to achieve.”