May 25th, 2018

the day our lives changed forever

We will never forget May 25th, 2018.  That was the day our live changed forever…

I didn’t even know what diabetes was, really.  I knew that my aunt and Grandma had it, and mostly thought of it as being related to obesity.  So it didn’t make sense for my scrawny little guy to have this. When the doctor came in with the blood test results, Lindsay’s head immediately dropped and she started to cry.  That’s when it really hit me how serious this was going to be.

Samuel immediately asked, “What’s wrong, Mommy?” Lindsay,  being the amazing mother she is and not wanting her son to see her worry and sadness, perked right up and assured Samuel he was going to be “OK”.

I was in shock.  I still didn’t have any idea what this diagnosis really meant, but I was already so sad for my little guy. When you’re a parent, you want nothing to go wrong with your kids, especially when it related to their health.  I grew up blessed with a family who dealt with very little major health issues, at least among my parents and siblings.  I was not ready for this. 

We were sent immediately to the Sanford pediatric endocrinology department., where we were introduced to “the new normal”.  

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