A couple of Sundays ago, Maddie told me on our way home, that in Children’s Church, the teacher asked them all a question:
What is something you are thankful for and why?
“Mom”, she said, “I’ve always felt thankful for insulin, and that is what I said. But I don’t think it ever really hit me, because the reason I said I was thankful for it is ’cause…I wouldn’t be alive.”
I looked back at her in my rear-view mirror. A sweet smile was on her face. No self-pity there. No desire to be dramatic. Just glad gratitude.
I was the one struggling with the self-pity…or the pity for her. It made me remember back to being at Brenner’s, when she was first diagnosed. We had been there a day or so; she was receiving regular shots of insulin. We were all learning the ins and outs of this new life called Living with Diabetes. The nurses had given her a JDRF bear with a toy shot so she could practice giving him his insulin shots. I remember her also practicing on us. And before she would give us the “spot”, she would say, “When I give you this spot, you will never be thirsty again.”
She had realized even in those first hours of her new life, that insulin was what made her feel so so much better. Her thirst was going away. She was able to make it to the bathroom and not have to go so much. She wasn’t hungry all the time. Her energy was returning.
I am grateful too! I cannot tell you how thankful we are to JDRF and to the support we receive through this organization locally!! Won’t you join us in our gratitude and make a THANK YOU donation to Maddie’s Mission to find a Cure for Diabetes. They are close! In the next decade we may see a cure for this disease! Wouldn’t that be amazing?
Maddie (and I) will be even more grateful!
And we are so very grateful to those of you who have already given to Maddie’s Mission!!! A big hug to you today!