miss Kerala Indu Thampy’s Parents speak about their experiences bringing up a type 1 child.

miss Kerala Indu Thampy’s Parents speak about their experiences bringing up a type 1 child.

November 20, 2019 2 By Jose Scott


Namaskaram to everybody! it was when i was in the second standard that i was diagnosed with Ty[e 1 Diabetes. There is a huge aspect of this time that i haven’t told you all… I can’t say it.. because.. My parents experience.. What went on in their mind.. from their perspective what all i did and how they managed.. I was stubborn and naughty and must have given them enough trouble.. they must have had a hard time too. So, lets see what they went through how they faced it..lets see.. I’m Suresh Thampy. Indu is my second daughter. I’m Jayasree Thampy. Im Indu’s mother. an ordinary homemaker. Indu is a bubbly character. Every time she sees me, she comes running and hugs me. When i heard she’s not wel, i rushed to Irinjalakuda There i saw her all tired and lying down on a bed with no energy Still she managed to give me a weak smile. Then i realised she is seriously ill. The doctor told me that she may either have have cancer or type 1 diabetes. later when they tested her blood.. they found out, She had Type 1 diabetes.. It was a huge shock to us. It was when she was 7 years old that she started losing weight getting tired.. when she became very ill and couldnt go to school we became very worried our neighbours were two doctors and they said to test her blood. we showed other doctors too.. but they couldn’t find out. she complained about stomach pain only. so it was difficult for them to find out. so when they asked to test her blood we did it and found out Diabetes- Type 1. the type that comes in kids mostly It was the first time we ever heard about it. We had never heard about “Juvenile Diabetes” before. It was a terrible shock for us. but our neighbours- Dr Hari and Dr.Usha helped us . They taught me how to take injections. With their help, we helped Indu. School Life started at Irinjalakuda. when Indu got this disease, She started going to a nearby school The head mistress of that school also the owner, Maya Teacher took Indu under her wing She studied there for a few years. That teacher’s genuine care and the strength that Maya teacher gave Indu helped her a lot in life. We have never put too many restrictions in her life.. We have always encouraged her in everything. So, even in college, Indu was confident In indu’s school life..her elder sister, Rasmi Thampy , in all matters, was a great help to her They were very good friends They keep no secrets between them. She was helped a ;lot by that relationship. When we joined her to any school, we used to tell her teachers that they should give attention Also, we have not restricted her in things.. be it sports or extra curricular activities she participated just like her elder sister. So, in school she was smart, and did very well in all areas. Even in colege, she became the Chair Person of her College Union. There too ,we told about her condition openly to friends and teachers alike So that they could pay attention . S She had started taking injections on her own from the eighth grade. She had said she will take care of herself from them on.. and she did everything by herself. So, she was confident . She went to youth fests on her own in school and colleges. There was no issue. I was scared at first but since she started taking injections on her own, i started feeling more confident. we sent her for everything. About Indu’s marriage.. we have thought long and deep about it.. both me and my wife. But, unprecedently, certain situations led to her marriage. When Indu became Miss Kerala there came a huge change in her life. She got her first movie.. through that movie, she she met Major Kishore Thampi they were hero and heroine in the movie- Annabella During the acting period, After three or four months of acting, they became really close and decided to marry each other. We have given Indu the freedom to speak openly about everything and anything to us. s So, when Indu told me about this,i was surprised, But still, i didn’t discourage her. We just asked one question- The boy whom you wish to marry, does he know you are Type 1 diabetic? Confidently she said – Yes. He does. Still, to be sure, I met him and talked at length with him and found that My son in law..no..my son Kishore…. Is a great guy for her. When speaking about Indu’s marriage, Its after she got Miss Kerala in 2010 and acted in movies. That is how she met Kishore. Naturally, as parents of a Type 1 diabetic, we were worried if he will look after her the way we did.. does he know enough about her condition… all these queries kept us anxious. So, when we went to meet our Doctor, WE invited his parents to come along too. Doctor himself, talked about it and to him. He said its not a problem. If looked after properly, there will be no issue at all… hearing from the doctor, they became confident too. Kishore was inquisitive about Type 1 diabetes he is very good with technology He is very quick to learn and understand new things. So, he himself, learned about it and now.. we think he knows much more that us parents.. Even though each person is unique Type 1 diabetic kids’ parents should keep in mind never to discourage and put down their child. We shouldn’t be hurdles for them in any way. Because, for that child, we ,as parents , become the only encouragement in a tough life. The self confidence that we give the self-strength that we can cultivate in them, that is the thing that keeps them going forward in life. Overcoming, all the pain that they have to go through and to get the strength to still go on , they need our support. never keep this disease hidden from others. because having this doesn’t make your child deficient or lesser. Its just one among the many diseases that come to many out there. Also, when the child goes to school and then college, everybody there, including friends should be told about your child’s speciality. Because anything can happen at any time and others who know about the childs condition may be able to help. Should teach the child to confidently face this disease. Like my husband said, even in college, teachers and friends should be made aware of your child’s condition because if anything happens we can’t aways be with them there. in schools, teachers are there with them so telling them is always advantageous It is also important to have a good doctor. Even in our case, at first we used to give her injections only twice. We didnt know any better. Later we saw Doctor Jothydev and he advised us to take injection the right way- whenever Indu eats . So, a good doctor’s advice is always important. As the child grows, society also needs to help. Only if all this support is there will the children both mentally and physically reach great heights. they can reach heights with proper support. so, you all saw From a little second grade kid, to where i have reached, the reason.. my self confidence and strength has always been the support of my parents so, i am teling all the Type 1 diabetics out there you are SUPER CHILDREN You can grow up to be SUPER MEN and SUPER WOMEN When you have such SUPER PARENTS along with you, you can all reach such great heights. YOU all WILL reach great heights. I’m sure. We all, sincerely hope and pray that you all fly high…