Back to Parent' Voices Bernice Mehok

It must have been two weeks or so after my 3 1/2 year old daughter Rebecca was diagnosed with diabetes that I found the Children with Diabetes Parents chat room, which instantly became one of my favorite places to come each day. One evening, a lady by the name of Misty introduced herself and we started chatting. Misty has a daughter named Sami who is 10 and had diabetes for two years when we first met. There was an instant friendship between the two of us. It seemed like I was reunited with a long lost friend. We have so much in common, and now with our daughters having diabetes it made us seem even closer.

As the days and months passed we became like sisters. I got to know her family through pictures sent over the net and she got to know mine. We set up a few times to meet, but they always seemed not to work out for one reason or another, until one day when we were chatting and I told her that I finally talked my hubby into coming out to visit. (Misty lives in Indiana and I'm in Pennsylvania.) She was so excited. The plans started coming together. We finally set a date and counted the months, weeks, and finally the days until we finally met on June 24, 2001.

It was a long, 9 1/2 hour drive with three kids and a hubby and an excited me! As we got closer to her place, I got more excited and more nervous knowing we both have been waiting for this meeting to happen for a little over a year now. Would we really be as good friends in person as we were over the net? Will the kids and the husbands get along? Lots of thoughts going through my head as well as Misty's I'm sure.

We finally pull into their driveway and the first one I met was Misty's, mom Nita. I gave her a big hug (Nita and I chat often, so it was cool to meet her as well). I went to find Sis (Misty). I walked around the yard and there she was, and let me tell you, it was like seeing a sister I haven't seen in a long while.

Sami and Rebecca became instant diabetes friends. Rebecca thought it was cool to have someone who had to do the same things as her, day in and day out. We would find them two taking turns checking each other, picking the same sites to do their injections and eating the same kind of snacks. We spend 3 1/2 days with Misty and her family, talking and doing different things everyday and doing a lot more talking. It was such a special time for both of our families. Misty and I still chat everyday and have even become closer friends. I Thank God everyday to have found a friend like her. This diabetes stuff is so hard to deal with without having people who know what you are going through, and Misty truly understands.

Bernice Mehok

Becca and Sami

Our two "D" kids

Published July 8, 2001

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