Do you remember the terror you felt when your baby w/ D went away for his/her first sleep over? Multiply that by 100, 1000, infinity and that's how Madison's dad and I were feeling last August as we made the long drive from Washington State to her new home (school) in Colorado. How was she ever going to be able to manage without us there to give her advice on all matters diabetes? Maddie was dx'd in the 5th grade so she has been living with D for 7 years and it took us a while to finally realize that we did a wonderful job getting her ready to be on her own. She had the most beautifully packed supply box you've ever seen . Loads of insulin in her little refrigerator under her dorm bed. We unpacked her room and then it was time to say goodbye and make our long lonely drive home...Lots of tears and hugs, but we had to let her go, right? I kept asking her, are there not great schools in Washington you can go to? hahaha She had chosen her dream school and it was in Colorado - they wanted her there and they wanted her to play softball there! She had it all. Fast forward to today - I couldn't be more proud of our baby girl! She has never been open about having diabetes and she told me that she is more open there. She told all of her teammates, her roommate and all of her professors. Her trainer has been a blessing because she told Madison at their very first meeting that her husband has type 1 and if Maddie is ever on the mound and feels a bit low to drop down to a knee and she would rush out with some juice (it was their secret code) Her A1c has been great, she makes her own pump adjustments, remembers to bring supplies when the team travels, keeps me updated when she needs supplies and above and beyond all that she has been a very successful college student. Her grades at one of the best engineering schools in the country have been spectacular, she has already declared her major, and has made a great many friends. So those of you who will be in our situation this summer...it will be OK! We've done our jobs and gotten them this far...now it is up to them.