Diabuddies

Eliza attempted her first sleepover last night. She is blessed to be friends with a little girl named Quinn who lives down the street and who also has Type 1.   She was a bit nervous but wanted to try and sleep out for the night. She packed a bag and waited excitedly at the door.


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Pete went over at 8 o’clock to give her Lantus. The girls were having a great time playing.  They are both so amazingly full of life.diabuddiesShe made it to 10 o’clock and then decided she wanted to come home so Pete went to pick her up. Even though she didn’t spend the night out she had a blast with her friend.

I don’t know what it is like to have Diabetes.  I am so happy that Eliza has a friend who knows what it is like. Eliza says she feels like Quinn is her…and I know what she means.  I wish that none of these kids had to live with D but it makes me happy that they have each other.  I hope someday they can all celebrate the discovery of a cure together.

About Danielle

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Monmouth University in New Jersey. After graduation Danielle spent five years teaching at the elementary level. Two of those years were spent in Kindergarten where she employed the ASL alphabet as a tactile approach to teaching the alphabet and site words. Danielle witnessed how learning to sign gave the students a sense of pride and enhanced their overall learning. While pregnant in 2007 Danielle read about the benefits of signing with babies. Her daughter Eliza was born in September 2007 and Danielle started consistently signing with her at around nine months of age. About a month later Eliza signed “baby” for the first time on a family vacation and her signing took off from there. In August 2009 Danielle’s son Jude was born. With the help of big sister Eliza teaching Jude to sign was a blast. Ever since her daughter’s first sign, Danielle has studied ASL and continues to grow her vocabulary on a daily basis. Through ASL Danielle has formed a close bond with both of her children. She has seen firsthand how signing reduced her children’s’ frustration level and consequently reduced the number of tantrums. Danielle hopes to help others experience the same joy with their little ones. To inquire about My Smart Hands classes and workshops Danielle at danitamez@mysmarthands.com
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1 Response to Diabuddies

  1. Thanks for writing this, it is inspirational and uplifting and I might add a excellent use of Facebook. I hope for you and your family the strength to overcome each obstacle whatever they might be along the way. Good luck with everything. Give Eliza a big hug and kiss for me.

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