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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Robbinsville MOMS Club(r)

Scott Benner

Today I had the chance to speak in front of our local MOMS Club(r).  I’d like to thank the members of the Robbinsville MOMS Club(r) for inviting me and for being such wonderful hostesses!

It was a fantastic opportunity to share Arden’s day with the parents of children that one day Arden will be in school with.  Educating friends and family was this site’s first goal and though we’ve branched out a bit and had a lot of success fund raising, I’m most proud of what we did today.

Educating people that one day may be a friends parent, a room mom or a neighbor will go a long way to normalizing Arden’s disease in their eyes.  Thus normalizing her day-to-day interactions with those people.  

Inevitably, one day Arden will suffer a low blood glucose at school or while visiting a friends house.  During that low BG event she may become disoriented, agitated or even have a seizure.  Knowing people that are able to identify what is happening to Arden will play a huge part in us being comfortable leaving her alone in those situations.  Our comfort will resinate with Arden making her more comfortable and give her the feeling of normalcy.  In addition, our secondary goal is that after said event ends, no one “looks” at her differently.   

Arden is a normal little girl whose pancreas doesn’t work.  She’ll have to learn to live with certain health issues and limitations but she shouldn’t have to feel different because of them.  That’s one of our goals and today felt like a big step in making that a reality for Arden.  So thank you again for the invitation to speak, it meant a lot to me.

If you are visiting from the MOMS Club(r) and didn’t attend the meeting below are links to the handout I used today.  Anyone that is interested can download them in PDF form.

AD Packet1 - Cover.pdf    AD Packet2 - About.pdf    AD Packet3 - Warning Signs.pdf

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tanya
I'm so glad you had the opportunity to talk with the moms who were there today and have given those unable to make it (like me) the chance to view your handouts.  You've certainly opened my eyes to the disease and I continue to watch my kids for symptoms.  Thanks for educating me and showing all of us that it's possible for some very real good to come out of something that may seem so bad.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 05:32 PM
Kimberly
Thank you for speaking with our group today.  Taking extra time to teach our children about compassion, diversity, and tolence in school and in our community is so important....your message was heard!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 06:15 PM