with Lisa Lander
January 14, 2020
I’m a mom of four, grandmother of two, married 38 years. My husband and I own a river adventure company on the Delaware River in Upstate NY. My life took a turn when my youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, 13 years ago. I found that there weren’t many support groups that helped moms when their child was diagnosed. There was plenty of help with the technical side including insulin management, supplies and blood sugar numbers. I recognized the “how” of diabetes was covered but not the overwhelming anxiety and exhaustion I was feeling. I felt there there was not an avenue for me to have my questions addressed. How would diabetes impact his life? Would my son be limited? Would he always struggle? How would it impact our relationship? There wasn’t an avenue for those questions to be addressed.In an attempt to solve this issue I learned as much as I could about thought processes. I helped my family be empowered by diabetes allowing the diagnosis to help us all be stronger and more resilient. My son, is now a second year medical student, and his ability to manage diabetes and all of its obstacles has helped him be more resilient and determined to achieve goals. I became so passionate about diabetes having given an opportunity to be a better mom I ventured to become a certified life coach. I now am dedicated to helping moms make sense of Type 1 Diabetes (and its chaos). I developed tools that are easily taught and can make a large impact on the lives families affected by Type 1 Diabetes. I coach clients move their family from victim mentality by teaching them tools that help them overcome their thinking. I offer them the opportunity to make them into an incredible mom that does not focus on loss and sadness but instead focus on thriving and moving on to what diabetes can offer to their family. I teach my tools in a weekly Diabetes Inspired Blog to help moms control the anxiety, overwhelm and exhaustion associated with Type 1 Diabetes. I also have developed a Diabetes Discussion Workbook, which is available FREE on my diabetes inspired website (www.diabetesinspire.com). This workbook helps moms build a strong relationship with their child.