In early December of 2009, Mr. Whicker knocked on our front door. My parents answered the door, as Randy and I and Maddie were not there. My parents had come to stay with our two older children since we were at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital. My parents told Mr. Whicker where we were and why. Maddie had been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Mr. Whicker’s eyes filled up with tears and he stood in our doorway and wept.
When my parents recounted this to me, at first I marveled at his compassion. And as my dad continued to tell me that they reassured him things would be alright for Maddie, it dawned on me that in his generation, children who were diagnosed with juvenile diabetes often died, or at least were bound to develop all kinds of eyesight, heart, and nerve problems due to the disease.
We live in a grand time when insulin and so many other discoveries and technological advances have made it possible for children and adults who are diagnosed with this disease to LIVE!! Not only that, but the efforts of JDRF and others, have made living with Type 1 Diabetes so much less cumbersome and allow for a greater degree of “managing” the blood sugar levels. As blood sugar levels are maintained within a healthier range, the debilitating effects of diabetes are lessened. It is still by no means an easy disease to live with. Compared to “normal” kids, even today’s technology seems cumbersome. But compared to what it used to be like…we have come a long way!
We celebrate today that our daughter LIVES!! She enjoys the benefits of so many things that JDRF has played a vital role in providing for her. Here are just a few:
Maddie’s Test Kits
Won’t you join us in celebrating the HUGE advances the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has been a part of? Consider donating a few dollars to this organization so that they can continue down the path of finding a cure!
Mr. Whicker and Maddie will be so glad you did!
So will I! 🙂
Maddie’s Pump and Inset
Remember! We Walk for the Cure on October 27th!! Come join us if you’d like!