Yesterday morning I logged on to my computer late, and was met with the news that a 13-year-old girl with diabetes named Eilish lost her life because of diabetes and Dead In Bed Syndrome.
She left behind her parents and her sister and I my heart ached for them.
Another person lost to diabetes, another set of parents who will live with their grief daily, and another child who lost her sibling and part of childhood because of diabetes related death.
I spent a lot time crying yesterday for a girl and her family I’d never met.
I cried for the 13-year-old girl who never woke from her low and like you, I'm so angry at diabetes that I can't even begin to put it into words right now.
I cried for her parents who are going through something that no parent should ever have to go through and I cried for my parents who experienced that same pain.
I cried for her sister Ella who is now an only child – and I wanted to reach out through the internet and over the thousands of miles that separate us and hold her tight and protect her from what’s happening and turn back the clock and make this nightmare that they’re all trapped in go away.
I don’t want her to be alone, I don’t want her to be scared or feel guilty, or worry, and walk on eggshells because she’s afraid of making her parents even more sad because I know that’s how she’s feeling.
I want to tell her there will be days that will be unbearable and moments that just one happy memory of her sister will literally get her through the day.
I want a cure because I never want another child or adult to die from diabetes - and I never want another child to be left behind because someone she loved died from diabetes.
Since posting the above this morning, I have decided to participate this Sunday in the JDRF's Walk To Cure Diabetes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I will be walking in memory of those who can't. Including: Eilish, Debbie, Cynthia, Jessie, & Trent. If you'd liked to donate towards my fundraising goal, CLICK HERE.