This year our Kate had her 4th birthday! In all the wonderful things that go along with such a great day and time for a child she received something shortly afterwards that was more than a little unexpected. She was given a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. It was a shock to us all and, as you can imagine, the understanding and transition our family has had to go through has been quite an experience so far. Life has changed for us forever and I can definitely say our perspective has once again been broadened in a new direction.
We are now the family that we are used to hearing about. We all know "that" family. It's the family with the child that has.......you know.......that!? Fill in whichever illness or chronic disease that is inflicting too many innocent children in our grand time of technology and advancement. I do laugh at myself when I'm alone because I think of all the times in everyday conversation with family, close friends and aquaintances when I would say "We're lucky we're all healthy!" when speaking of Kerry, the kids and myself. The reason I laugh is because I still catch myself wanting to say it and not have people who know about Kate look at me like a fool. I always truely meant what I said. When I would hear of others that I knew with children striken with some serious illness it would wrench my heart to think of how I would feel if that had happened to one of my children. Heartache like that, tasted only in empathy for another, is something to be cherished.
We are blessed though. When you have a challenge like this thrown your way there isn't time to wallow. Not because we're superheroes and we're going to bound over diabetes in a single bound(wouldn't that be nice). First off because we're too damn busy! That's one silver lining, for now. The second is the resilliance of a child. Our Kate charges on! When she gets a chance she'll tell you herself that she's got DiaBB's. From the mouths of babes....a laugh, a cry, a melt of the heart. That's the second silver lining. And that one will carry us for quite a while I suspect.
So we take our first charge forward towards helping find a cure for juvenile diabetes! We are joining in the Ron Santo Walk for Juvenile Diabetes. We will be walking on the Chicago Lakefront site on Sunday, Octoer 14th beginning at 9:30 AM. We have created our own team aptly named "Kate's DiaBB's". We are asking all our family, friends and anyone else wanting to help to either donate/sponsor for our team or come walk with us. We'd love to have you! Anything you choose to do is greatly appreciated. If you do choose to walk with us you can let me or someone in the family know and as we get closer to the date we'll get plans on where we'll gather so we can all walk together and have a great time. I'm sure Kate will insist on leading and that will be entertaining enough on it's own.
Thanks to all of you in advance from our family,
Frank, Kerry and the whole Walsh Clan
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