Most days, I do not focus on the type 1 diabetes diagnosis numbers.
Instinctively, I know that parents around the world are hearing the news. To be exact, about 80 people are diagnosed every single day.
Children are still be diagnosed. Again, to be precise, about 15,000 children each year. And do not discount the 15,000 adults that are also diagnosed.
Type 1 diabetes hasn't let up. The numbers are scary. From 2001 to 2009, the world saw an increase of about 23% in new diagnosis.
That time frame was also when my own two daughters were diagnosed. 2006 and 2009, respectively for youngest and oldest daughter.
It's sad to type this because it only underlines the desperate situation that we are living in. Anyone could be next. Really.
Today, an official announcement came from a parent of a newly diagnosed child that is now living with type 1 diabetes.
From Fox News :
"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign," she said. "My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority. ... Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop."
Unlike most newly diagnosed families, this diagnosis landed squarely on a family that has a well-known last name.
From Trib.com :
One of her five children has type 1 diabetes, according to campaign spokeswoman Kara Ahern.
Without even personally knowing this family, my heart still broke a bit more.
Another diagnosis. Another grieving parent. Another child living with type 1 diabetes.
It needs to stop.
From Naturallysweetsisters.com :
The only ray of light in this situation is the potential to further shine a spot-light on the absolutely critical need for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Sending all of our love and support to former Vice-President Dick Cheney, his daughter Liz (a senate hopeful), and their newly diagnosed grand-child and child (a naturally sweet little girl) that is now living with type 1 diabetes.
Let's cure this.