We are a family of five . . . Jason, me and three wonderful boys, precious gifts from God: Ethan, Ryan and Aaron. Ethan is our oldest, “our joy.” For five wonderful years he was the only child, Momma’s boy, Daddy’s buddy and a true prince to all who knew him. But he was lonely and longed for a sibling. We tried for nearly three years to give him his wish. And after four miscarriages, God gave us “our miracle” in Ryan. So many prayed along with us for this second child, but many “forgot” to stop praying after he was born. So, God gave us our third boy, “our bonus,” in Aaron who was born just 10 months and three weeks later. Stop doing the math . . . it is possible!
On December 17th, 2009, Ryan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It is a gut-wrenching blow to hear that your child, for the rest of his life, will have to endure four shots a day along with at least four finger pokes to test his sugar, will have to be on a constant carb diet and be on the constant look-out for highs and lows in his sugar. Most do not realize what a daunting task for the entire family and how overwhelming this auto-immune disease really is unless they have lived it or witnessed it first hand. It is so often confused with Type 2 diabetes when in all reality, the two are very different.
Jason and I were desperate in the early days and even now, five years later, to find encouragement and hope and tools on how to care for Ryan in many forms. But what we have found is that when research, there is often so much negative about the disease and how bitter people with Type 1 and caring for Type 1 has become about life and limitations. We are determined for Ryan to have every opportunity to succeed in life doing whatever his heart desires with our help and the grace of God. We want him to live WITH diabetes not be GOVERNED by it.
So we decided we would blog our journey – give a real life account – sharing the accomplishments, struggles and what we learn with any and all who care to read and try to give glimmers of hope and encouragement along the way. God has already been so good . . . provided so much protection and strength. And we hope to glorify Him and share how a family, the entire family, can bond together and be victorious and strong despite our circumstances.