One of the most inspiring stories from this summer's Olympics is, of course, Oscar Pistorius. I'm sure I don't have to explain that he's the first double amputee to compete on the track and make an Olympic final.
When you have a child with a disability or a chronic condition, I think you keep a little bit of an extra eye out for people who seem to have overcome their own limitations. I want Benny to grow up taking care of his diabetes but not letting it get in his way.
I wondered, what gives Oscar Pistorius the confidence, the motivation, the incredible mental strength to not only succeed in everyday life, but to compete at the highest level of athletics? Then I read an article where he said this:
"My mother used to tell us in the mornings, 'Carl, put on your shoes, Oscar you put on your prosthetic legs… So I grew up not really thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes."
Benny has diabetes because his pancreas gave out. We can't control that. But maybe we can keep trying to teach him that wearing an insulin pump is, in its own way, just like wearing a different pair of shoes.
Put it on and go run.