The date was Wednesday, May 29th, 2013. A standard Wednesday where my wife Lynn (7 months along with our third child) was home with our two wonderful boys Matthew (5) and Blake (22 months) as she does on her days off. I head off to work in the morning, a mostly sunny May morning. I tell Matthew before I leave that I need my little buddy to help mow when I get home.
At 11:30 that morning, I get a call from Lynn who informs me Blake had taken in over 30 ounces of liquid so far today, and that she was highly considering taking him in for a checkup. The weeks leading up to this, we had noted an increasing amount of drinking, and for that matter, full diapers. The point of speculating whether the summer activity or possible growth spurts had passed. Lynn took Blake in for a checkup. At the conclusion of the appointment, we were mostly relieved that overall his vitals and overall wellness were on par. A happy boy, a just go with it demeanor, with a heart melting smile was what we had.
Following the work day I headed home to take part in dinner and the evening’s events. It was chicken and corn on the cob, which Blake absolutely loves! It was adorable watching him eat like a big boy as his facial expressions leave nothing to the imagination but pure bliss. When dinner concluded, Matthew and I got going on the lawn, as we decided earlier that morning. Overall – this was one of those days to chalk up as the ideal normal. An hour and a half later, Matthew and I were just a few passes from finishing our duty, at 7:34pm I see Lynn walking towards me in tears. These tears are the unmistakable variety that cannot be confused with any other kind of tears. Something was not well in our world – and as it turns out, a moment in time that sent our lives onto a new path. A path not fathomable in our thoughts or dreams. A path which included our lives, the ever-uncertain future, and our newest life partner - Type 1 Diabetes.
Blake’s Pediatrician called and informed us that his blood sugar was in the 800’s, and we needed to get him to Lutheran General Children’s Hospital immediately. Those of you that know us know how the remaining hours and days unfolded. Those of you that are reading this no doubt have your own versions and understand the forced education, medical tasks, and limitless challenges that followed that ever-so-brief moment in time. The phases of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression had no part in the acquisition of acceptance. No time for it. The new life begins…NOW.
The support we received, and still receive from our family, friends, and healthcare providers has been unwavering. No question about it, we always knew how amazing our families were, but never could we have anticipated the support from that point on. On top of that, we realized we had one of the bravest, strongest, and most determined child imaginable. It was he who, in his own 22 month old way, gave us the strength to get done what we needed to. We love you, Blake!
That brings us to this point, only a few months later. T1D will not hold us back, it will not slow us down, and we will find the way. Let’s find it together.
Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
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