|Youngest daughter shortly after diagnosis. I see her tiny little medical bracelet that would now only fit a doll.|
Just seven years ago, I held her little hand and cuddled her as best as I could from her hospital bed.
Neither she nor I knew anything of the world of type 1 diabetes.
Today, after a lifetime of learning (or so it feels), we still cuddle and hold hands. She is still that same baby girl, just a bit older.
Yesterday, at our annual JDRF Walk to Cure T1D awards banquet, she and I accepted awards for our Naturally Sweet Sisters fundraising efforts and for our support of advocating as a walk co-chair, mentor and family coach and as a two-time JDRF child ambassador.
While she has taught me more than I thought I would ever know about the world of type 1 diabetes, she has also shown me that life is full of possibilities. She never tires of the idea of finding a cure or in supporting others that walk along our same path.
On the drive home after the awards ceremony, she said it best:
"When I get my cure, I want to come back and dance!"