Going to College with Type 1 Diabetes

A Mother's Prayer by Anne Imber
College with Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetic, Tristan Edgar with college girlfriend
Amanda Hodge. They met the first week of school
Freshman year at Texas Tech University.


 

Going to College with Type 1 Diabetes

A Mother’s prayer by Anne Imber

Going to college with Type 1 Diabetes can be a challenge for a teen. It’s hard enough to let any teen leave home for the first time but for a parent of a Type 1 teen, well, there are no words to express that fear.

I Pray

People ask me how I could possibly let Tristan go off to college with Type 1 Diabetes. They knew the teen years with Type 1 had been very tough. He was even in the hospital in DKA the week before we drove him up to college. It’s simple. I pray.

The pit in my stomach would not go away during his senior year of High School. So in April I turned it over to God. And I prayed. I prayed that he would have a supportive roommate that would watch over him when we couldn’t. That was my prayer. Not too much to ask… I hoped.

Move-in date arrived and we dropped Tristan off in his half-empty dorm room. No roommate had arrived. It was heart wrenching. But I continued to pray. And still no roommate showed up into the first several weeks of school.

Prayers Answered

But one day, shortly after the first day of class, Tristan called me to share his news. He met a sweet girl from a small town in Texas. And she was a nursing student. That first year of college, Amanda was a huge blessing to Tristan with his diabetes.

So yes, I prayed and my prayer was not answered…exactly. But God answered my prayer in better ways than I could have imagined.

I pray that you and your family will find Type 1 “To Go” helpful. Tristan who had once been so private with his diabetes gave me his blessing to share his struggles.  The Teen years with Type 1 were very tough and he wanted to help others with our story. And yes, it’s our story because we lived it as a family.

Our mission is to share what we learned on our journey and to help you on yours!

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