For those who have a child living with Type 1 Diabetes, there are many walks in life that others will never take. For our family, the first of these walks occurred when our youngest daughter, Maddie, was 7 years old. We walked her into Brenner's Emergency Room, after having been told by our pediatrician that … Continue reading The Many Walks of Type 1 Diabetes
Stepping down into the throng of people lining up to Walk is always a bit emotional for me. To see a sea of fellow humans who are, in some fashion, walking this path of Type 1 Diabetes, is at once startling and comforting. Startling in the fact that this wretched disease touches so many lives, … Continue reading JDRF One Walk 2015
(quick sketch with Bic pen) Many of you know the hero who lives in our home. You've read about her diagnosis six years ago, the ups and downs of living with Type 1 Diabetes, her bravery and courage in the face of the daily challenges of managing the disease, and the Walk we look forward … Continue reading CGM, JDRF & a WALK
Life should be lived walking through it together. Burdens are best carried arm in arm with friends. Joy breaks forth when many feet move in a common direction. Love is felt when others choose to walk alongside us. Yes. Yes. and Yes. All of this, and so much more, I experience when we Walk for a Cure … Continue reading Walk Together
My husband and I often say to our youngest (age 12) daughter (pictured on the left in the above drawing)-- "You are our hero!" We say this for many reasons, but mostly because of the amazing way she handles living with Type 1 Diabetes. We said it to her when she learned this year to … Continue reading Our Hero!
Friends of ours who went to live overseas, said to those of us sending them off, that we were the ones holding the line on the other end for them. I loved that thought! And, as an artist, the idea that I hold one end of the drawn line as they "draw" the lines of … Continue reading A Line for Maddie
There are days I long for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes more acutely than others. Here's a peek into a day in the life of a 10-year old living with Type 1 Diabetes: (this was just this past Tuesday, so it's fresh in my mind) 12am: While she sleeps, I test her blood sugar. … Continue reading Can’t Wait for a Cure!
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 … Continue reading A Grateful Girl!
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 … Continue reading Mr. Whicker & Maddie: A Diabetes Story
It's been TWO YEARS since Maddie and I participated in the JDRF Walk for the Cure. Last fall was just too crazy and it pained me to have to bow out of it. I vowed not to let busyness push it out of our calendar this year!! So we are signed up to walk, and … Continue reading October means The JDRF Walk!