As some of you know, just under 2 years ago my daughter Samantha was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes.
Unlike many parents who are affected by this disease, I knew before we left our house. After a few weeks of non-specific symptoms (which I should have recognized sooner) I retrieved my glucometer from my EMS Physician Response vehicle and used it on a family member, something I never intended to do.
My heart sunk as I saw "HI" show up on the screen.
As we entered the health care system as a patient at CHOP, I thought I had a handle on the situation. The strength of my wife and daughter was incredible. Things were getting better, starting with the skill of a 2nd year Pediatric resident in the middle of the night, (likely in her 20th hour of call) who knew the history questions to ask when I did not.
I had held it together until the next morning, when the Endocrine team at CHOP started their rounds. As I listened, I heard our daughter's situation reduced to a professional and clinical presentation. One I had been on the other side of so many times. It was all business, as it should have been.
But this crossing of the lines, my medical background and my daughter and family's new situation was too difficult to handle. It struck me like a blow to the chest and I fell apart in the corner.
Since then I have seen Samantha handle her disease in a way that I doubt any adult could. Of course there are bumps in the road, this is to be expected. But I remain incredibly proud of her as she handles her situation head on.
She, and all with Type I Diabetes, did not ask for this disease. They did NOTHING to contribute to it. It is not a result of being overweight or of other indiscretions. Their lives are changed simply by having to eat, something we all take for granted.
My sister, Cathy Lavelle Ryan and I will be riding this summer at the JDRF ride in Burlington, while our family supports us along the way.
I ask you to help by contributing to either of us to help JDRF in research efforts to both manage and cure this disease. Even $5 helps.
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