Diabetic Boy's Parents Find Incredible Way to Show Their Support

holding handsOnce you have kids, they're a part of you forever. Cheesy as it sounds, it's true. I once heard Jon Stewart describe parenthood as having little pieces of your heart run around outside your body, and that pretty much sums it up.

That's why I love the way Camille Boivin and Philipp Aumond decided to show their continued -- and permanent -- support of their 5-year-old son, Jacob. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3 and-a-half, Jacob wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He prefers the pump to the 4 or 5 injections he used to need before, but wearing it still makes him feel "different" from other kids.

His mom and dad didn't want him to feel alone.

They couldn't get their own insulin pumps, of course, so they did the next best thing ...


Camille and Philippe both got images of insulin pumps tattooed on their abdomens, right around where real insulin pumps would be attached. Above the images of the pumps are the words "Forever Linked Together."

Says Camille:

"We found this guy, and he is a great tattoo artist, so he did those pumps for us and they look great, and Jacob was really thrilled when he saw that.

"And since then, each time people talk to him about his pump, he always lifts up my shirt and says, 'Look, my mom has one too.'"

Amazing, right? And so smart. Because whle we tell our children that they always have our support and love no matter what, and we try to show them in every possible way. And they get it, but only to a point, I think -- kids have a much easier time understanding tangible, concrete signs than they do grasping concepts and ideas.

Thanks to those tattoos, Jacob will never forget that his parents are there for him, 24/7.

Just like his insulin pump.

Would you ever get a tattoo for your child?


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