I don’t think I’ve ever felt more comfortable chatting with a guest than I did with Julie. I’ve not met her in person, and have only briefly chatted with her on Facebook and Twitter, but it sure felt like we were old and comfortable friends.
There were so many great connections made during this episode. We heard about Lucas’s diagnosis, and how Julie found the Children With Diabetescommunity almost immediately, which was a huge help. Interestingly, we learned that Julie had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) just a year before diabetes entered their lives. Talk about overwhelming!
One of the cool connections of this episode came when we asked Julie if she was aware of the RA online community, which is a powerhouse in its own right. She mentioned seeing Cherise retweet something from Kelly Young (@rawarrior), checking it out, and discovering the RA online community, literally just days ago!
Constantly battling to balance the needs of her own high-maintenance chronic condition, and that of her son, Julie works tirelessly to take care of both of them.
Lucas spent his first year with diabetes at school without a school nurse, something that Julie fought long and hard for (and eventually won). She knows she was very fortunate in winning that battle, as many families struggle without proper nursing availability at school. (ADA has some resources, Safe at School, to help if you are currently in need of support)
Before I end this post, I’d like to plug Julie & Lucas’s JDRF Walk Team – “Holt’s Heroes“. If you’re able to support them with a donation, or spread the word about their walk team, they would appreciate it a great deal.
As always, the hour went by way too fast, and was way too fun. I hope you’ll share some of your time and check it out.