I’m sure you already knew that, though. Last year, my 7 year old precious angel of a niece was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, or Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 is the one that is genetic and has no cure….yet. Watching a 7 year old check her own blood sugar levels, tell you what the numbers mean, and take a shot everyday with no tears is very impressive, but also very sad. No 7 year old should have to be that grown up. I guess I should be used to it since she’s already wearing bras and talking about “hot” boys. 🙂
Raylin has had a tough year. She broke her arm, which led to the diabetes diagnosis, and then she got food poisoning that was so bad that they almost had to put her in ICU. However, she has grown immensely and become quite the advocate for increasing awareness of her disease. She was featured in a local magazine and this past weekend we went to Walk for A Cure at Darlington Raceway.
Raylin raised almost $3000 for diabetes research. I believe her team raised the most and it was only her first year! She also designed her team’s t-shirts, which were really cute.
We had a great time out there walking and spending time with family. My mom had surgery earlier this month and spent a week and a half in the hospital, but she was out there, walking like a champ. I am very proud of her! She has lost over 30 pounds since November and is looking great!
So I guess the moral of the story is when life gives you lemons, you get your face painted and go on a walk with your family. It makes life feel a little less bitter and a little more sweet.
Because even though I want to lock myself in a room and cry about how unfair life has been for Raylin (and maybe I already did that when I found out about her diabetes), my niece is strong and brave and can teach me a thing or two about dealing with adversity. So can her mom.
To Raylin–you are my hero and I’m so proud to be your aunt. I love you more than the whole wide world and back again.