As many of you already know, my son Parker (age 5) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last week. Obviously, this diagnosis has completely turned our family's life upside down. We, like many of you, had no idea how horrible and challenging this disease can be, especially for little children. Our new normal looks like this: we have to check Parker's blood sugar 6-8 times per day, including in the middle of the night, he has to get an insulin shot after every meal and some snacks and before bedtime, and many times in the middle of the night, we have to monitor and count every thing that he eats or drinks, we have to keep his blood sugar within a certain range so that he doesn't get too low or two high, which both can result in seizures and comas. Because Parker's pancreas is still somewhat functional, we are having trouble getting his insulin dosage correct, so in short his blood sugars are all over the place right now. Myself and Jason are having trouble sleeping and find ourselves constantly checking on Parker to make sure he has not slipped into a coma. On the bright side, Parker is doing amazingly well and for the most part has accepted this life as the new normal, much easier than his parents and other family members. He does fairly well with the pokes, pricks and new diet, except for in the middle of the night - but who would blame him, he is half a sleep and we are giving him a shot. I am truly in awe by his bravery and resilience in this whole thing.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm not one to give sob story. Just last week, we were a very normal average family, where are biggest struggle was deciding what vacation we wanted to go on. But today, we are fighting for my son's life. I find peace in knowing that this is part of God's plan and that God will use Parker's disease for good, but the day-to-day struggles are still frustrating and overwhelming. I'm also a scientist and researcher and have scoured the medical journals/sites about the current type 1 diabetes research. We are SOOOO close to a cure for this disease! So friends and family, I must ask you, rather beg you, to please help us raise money to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, so families like ours and little children like Parker don't have to suffer! Please support Team Parker in the JDRF Walk to cure!