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Meet Shannon!

founder of mom of a type 1

Hi There, and WELCOME!

I’m just a regular mom who decided to take back control of her life after several years of hardships, including the Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis of my son, at the age of four.

Let’s get a few things out of the way first:

  • I am a single mom, so I get the STRUGGLE.  Trust me!
  • Making sure my son is healthy and setting him up for good diabetes management (as he grows) is my #1 priority.
  • My son is into extreme sports; skateboarding, BMX, scooters, and racing dirt bikes.  He’s been riding a dirt bike since he was two!  Insert: gives me a heart attack DAILY!
  • I am not a doctor nor a healthcare educator; actually I have no degree in anything, except life experiences.

Oh!  And lastly… I did not always have my *ish together.

Our life was turned upside down (again) on April 18, 2019 when I received my son’s Type 1 diagnosis.  I lived completely stressed out, burnt out, sleep deprived, on information overload, and scared to death for a good eight months straight.  Call it survival mode.  And, maybe this is where you are now?  Or, maybe you’re well into your child’s disease but feel like you’re just “getting by,” barely hanging on, or not enjoying life?

I used to get SO irritated when we were new at this and someone would say “it gets easier.”  So.  I will not tell you that.  But, I will tell you that there are a few principles, I believe, will help both you and your child enjoy a full lifestyle.

  • You cannot be afraid of the what ifs; of doing something wrong; of making a mistake, or of insulin – more specifically giving too much.
  • You MUST plan and organize; You must be prepared for any situation.
  • Confidence with this disease comes from confidence in yourself first.  As a Mom of a Type 1, I KNOW you have let yourself take the back seat…and you CANNOT do that ANYMORE!

My goal is to help you get your *ish together too.  Wherever you are in your journey as a Mom of a Type 1, I hope you will find a much needed voice, a friend, and an understanding heart; to help you feel empowered, confident, and in-control of your child’s Type 1 Diabetes.

-Shannon Leigh

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