Wishing to inspire young girls to be classy, stylish, smart and sweet, I began My Classy Girl in 2009. In February 2010, my own Classy Girl was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac disease. She was 5. Both are auto-immune diseases that have had an enormous impact on our lives. After a 2 year hiatus in which I began homeschooling my two children, learning to cook gluten-free, manage diabetes and survive in a world that has such a small understanding of either disease, I am encouraged and inspired by my sweet Classy Girl to begin the blog again.
While the intention was to talk about fashion for girls, good grooming habits and wholesome activities for girls, I feel including our journey with T1D and Celiac will be beneficial to others experiencing the same life changing diseases. When I first did research on learning how to live with BOTH diseases, I found very little but I know there are plenty of children who are impacted with this double-whammy. While I am no expert and certainly have plenty to learn in helping my daughter best manage her diseases, I hope our journey will be helpful to others.
The most important thing I have learned thus far is that:
- It’s important to maintain as active of a life as possible. Living in a bubble is hard on the entire family and there is no reason not to live a full life!
- It’s OK to have “special needs.” I tell my daughter that EVERYONE has a special need. It might be asthma, depression, being a child of divorce, dairy sensitivity, peanut allergy, Celiac, dyslexia or diabetes…the list is long. It’s important for her to feel like she is not singled out and to know it’s perfectly normal to be different.
Childhood should be about joy, adventure and feeling confident about who you are. Join me in raising the next generation of Classy Girls.
Tammy and her Classy Girl
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