Wednesday, April 1, 2009

PICU once again

As most of you know, my little sister Meagan has Juvenile Diabetes. She was diagnosed at six years old. This year is her 10th anniversary with it, and I have to say it has been the hardest year for her in regards to the disease. I know she doesn't remember a time when she didn't have it. It has always been a challenge for her. Being a child growing up with this particular trait tends to single her out among her peers. That being said, we have always admired her courage to stand up to her disability. She has come upon a time in her life where she just doesn't want to be diabetic anymore. Frankly, I can't blame her for that. She is a teenage girl that lives in the moment. She scared us all back in January, where self neglect almost took her away from us. To her defense, she has done remarkably well since that hospital stay. I guess that is why this episode took me by surprise. Thankfully she is doing better now. Hopefully that was the last we have seen of the PICU.
Diabetes is a real disease, same as HIV, cancer, heart disease, etc. It can be fatal in an instant. I always knew it was, but at the same time never respected or realized its impact. Last night I couldn't stop the thoughts running through my head of a life without my little sister and it scares me. This has been a real eye opener for me on how fragile life really is.I am more grateful today for all the blessings I have in my life than ever before. I imagine I will be even more grateful tomorrow than I am today. Please keep my sister in your thoughts along with all the children that face every day with a challange. Hope they can realize they are stronger for it.

3 comments:

  1. Aimee and Ryan,
    Kaylon is a beautiful baby boy!!! He is a photographer's dream. That smile and those georgous eyes (and eyelashes) along with his
    features is something to behold! You are right - no way those other babies are half as good looking!! I know you are enjoying every day with him. Give him a kiss.
    Much love,
    Aunt Lila

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  2. Aimee,
    your post about Meagan touched my heart! All of the Harris extended family has been so concerned and are praying for Meagan. She is a beautiful, sweet young lady. Just want her to know there are many people who care. Hope
    she will soon get past these days and see a
    wonderful future ahead.
    With Love,
    Aunt Lila

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  3. Aimee~
    I never knew your sister was ever sick. I am so sorry to hear about everything. And bless her heart for having to deal with this disease since such a young age. Your family and sister are in my prayers. Tell her to contiune to be strong. She will get passed all of this and will eventually see the plan God has for her. Call me if you need to talk.

    Love ya,
    Miranda

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