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How Anxiety Prepared Us for Our Daughter's Diabetes Diagnosis

It was December 10, 2020, when our world would suddenly, shockingly, and completely unexpectedly, change forever. It already feels like a lifetime ago, and yet the quest for learning and adapting places us atop Bambi legs — unsure, wobbly, and insecure in our ability to move forward.

Our 11-year-old daughter, DJ, who has always struggled with anxiety, had been complaining about a racing heart and inability to concentrate each night as she got into bed.

I had been talking with her therapist about it, wondering if her anxiety was befriending panic disorder. Together with the therapist, we were trying new coping tools and calming strategies with DJ each night, but the symptoms weren’t subsiding.

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