6 Months Post Diagnosis

June 24th marked 6 months since Eliza was diagnosed. I have thought a lot about writing her diagnosis story, but I am just not ready.

On June 24th I thought a lot about this…

Christmas Morning 2012

Eliza Diagnosis

Eliza’s Hospital MemoriesEliza Diagnosis 2

Unplanned Milestones

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Sick Daysbg

but I also though a lot about this

having her here to love and squeezeJune 133

New Friends


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a promise to not let D slow her down

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and of course I hoped and prayed more about this

elizaJDRFShe wants to have a party on Christmas Eve this year…and I am right there with her.


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 6 Months Post Diagnosis

  1. I’m so grateful that advances are being made all the time in treating diabetes. Hopefully someday soon there will be a cure but until then you seem to be doing a wonderful job making her life as full and wonderful as possible, with or without diabetes. 🙂

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