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28th April 2015

A Mother’s Anthem – ‘I am the mother of a diabetic child’

If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes and you’ve taken to the internet in search of information, understanding and support, it won’t take long before you come across A Mother’s Anthem.

Written by Linda Kaniasty, the poem circulated on online forums before being made into this short film to raise diabetes awareness. In the film, lines from Linda’s poem are spoken by several mothers who know what it can be like to have a child with diabetes.

Just watch, read the full text below, and share.


I am the mother of a diabetic child.

I don’t know what it’s like to go to sleep at night

and know for certain my child will wake up in the morning.

I don’t know what it’s like to sleep the whole night through

without waking up to do blood tests on my sleeping child.

I don’t know what it’s like to prepare a meal

without a calculator, measuring cups, and a gram scale.

I don’t know what it’s like to drop my child off at school

and know she will always be in the charge of someone who knows how to take care of her.

I do know what it’s like to force feed sugar in the middle of the night

knowing I am sacrificing my child’s teeth to save her life.

I do know what it’s like to draw up insulin at 2 am

and pray to God I’m not too sleepy to make a fatal error in judgment,

technique or calculation.

I do know what it’s like to sit underneath the dining room table holding my

sobbing child,

explaining to her, “No, we can’t take a break jus this one time.”

while I inject insulin into her already bruised arm.

I do know what it’s like to walk away from the pharmacy counter with an

armload of supplies

and realize I’ve just gone through another box of 200 syringes.

I do know what it’s like to help my child march bravely past the juice and cookies

at the school reception that was supposed to be her reward for achieving

Student of the Month.

I do know what it’s like to look into my child’s eyes and tell her she has an

incurable disease

and explain to her what that means,

And then to be comforted by her when I’m the one who can’t stop sobbing.

I do know what it’s like to love and cherish my child every minute of every day,

To know that I may someday donate a kidney to her,

And that if she were in need of a heart, mine would be out of the question,

Because it broke a long time ago.

I am the mother of a diabetic child.