Family & Friends,
I am hoping that this news is not shocking to some of you. Cody's diagnosis was less than 4 months ago and in that time we have been spending a lot time with close friends and family. I am not a person who spreads much news via facebook or email blasts but it is important for us to let you know what is happening in our lives. Cody was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on May 29, 2013. It is an autoimmune disease that affects the pancreas. It does not run in our family, and there were no previous warning signs. He is happy and healthy, alhtough he will have to have insulin in order to survive. He is handling all of the finger pricks and shots like a true warrior, his friends are still amazed at his toughness.
Bill and I have had lots of adjusments. We had three days of pretty intense training in the hospital and left there with 9 prescriptions and a couple of books and emergency phone numbers. We have learned to count carbs in food and how to divide and subtract rather quickly. Frequently we make adjustments just by guessing, by the way there are more carbs than you think in slushies and milkshakes. I wake up every night at 2am to check his Bg number. Sometimes I check it at midnight and 3am too. There are plenty of nights where Cody is drinking juice and not even awake. Now that school has started, I am up at the school making sure Cody knows where to go and when and that he brings his whole lunch to the nurse to be counted. Each time we walk out the door I have to have Cody's insulin supplies, I've only forgoetten once and Bill was pretty nice when he had to turn the car around. They are little things but they add up and there is some extra worry on my mind when he is not with me. We haven't had a babysitter since the diagnosis, it just still feels to scary. But none of this matters, Cody is an amazing boy and he is worth ALL the extra effort.
Cody asked me on Thursday, "Mom, when is the diabetes going to go away?" I sat down with him and we cried and I let him know the truth. He then said, "I thought you said there was a cure thingy?" And that is why I put this website together.
Our goal is for Cody to have a happy and carefree childhood, and believe me, this child is HAPPY. He rarely complains - and it is heartbreaking when he does.
Please click on the link below to go to my fundraising page, watch Cody's video, and consider a donation. All donations to JDRF are tax deductible. We appreciate your donation more than you would ever know, and no amount is too small.
It is so humbling to ask for money, but I am willing to do so for a cure for our child.
Thanks again for your support!
April and Bill McDaniel
Our Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYQHoGu-aR0
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