“Dad, want to play catch?”
Those words meant something was up. They began what I can only describe as a lifelong ongoing conversation with my sons about chronic illness. On that day, it was a discussion about diabetes with my youngest son.
His questions were clear, and I did not need to go into dire warnings or hype the potential outcome. He knew all of that because he had listened to his mom, brother and I discuss it often. What he wanted to know was more basic. Would he be ok? Was he going to have diabetes? When could he expect the worst? I told him what I knew. He would be ok, his mom and I were working hard to protect him and even if the worst happened, one of us would still be here for him. We did not know his risk of having diabetes, but if he were to develop the condition, we would figure it out.
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