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National Diabetes Awareness Month Day 25

Yesterday I was grumpy. I don't like to be grumpy so I don't usually get grumpy. I also believe that unless we're living in a car, there is always a reason to be happy, or at least content. But yesterday, it felt good to be grumpy. 


Only problem was, I wasn't sure why I was grumpy. My BFF traveled back home to her state. Even though we talk on the phone every day, it always makes me feel better when she is in my state. Maybe that was it. 


Maybe it was because a childhood friend of mine passed away the night before. He had three, wonderful children and a beautiful wife. That sure was a reason to be grumpy. Stupid Cancer! I capitalized Cancer on purpose because it leaves such devastation in its wake, it just seems like it needs to be properly acknowledged! Stupid F'ing Cancer! Yes, I capitalized that that word too... 


Anyway, I went to bed grumpy. 


When I woke up in the morning, I was hoping the grumpy had passed. I grabbed my phone and read this comment posted in response to my on November 22nd entry


Darcy has left a new comment on your post "National Diabetes Awareness Day 22": 


These acts of kindness exist. They are humbling (in a good way) when received and so amazing when you can provide a gift. You gave a gift.

 My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed three days ago with Type 1. The day before Thanksgiving I thought she had strep or even Mono but no, she had undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes. We went from being thankful for a Dr. appointment to get antibiotics before a holiday to being in an ambulance and headed to the Children's Hospital in a matter of 2 hours. She was in severe Ketoacidosis and we didn't even know it.

In the past three days we have been the recipients of random acts of kindness that have brought me to my knees. From the family that spent two months in the hospital 11 years ago with their now healthy daughter, came a cup of Starbucks Coffee on Thanksgiving morning to my new friend, whose son was diagnosed in May, with a care package filled with packaged emergency 15 carb snacks, cheese sticks, notebooks, charts...everything she wished she would have had 6 months ago.

Unexpected kindness even comes from blogs like yours. While I am waiting up to check my daughters blood at 2am I am obsessively reading everything I can about our new lives. The feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed with my role as well as what this means for the rest of my daughter's life are calmed a bit when reading your entries. 

Thank you for mowing that man's grass and thank you for allowing me to see this life through your words. Each act of kindness means the world to someone. 
- Darcy

I knew grumpy was over. Can I ask that anyone who is reading this please say a prayer for Darcy and her daughter? She needs strength and support and I know first hand that you all are amazing at that! Thank you! 


Dear Darcy, 


Please know how sorry I am and everyone who reads this blog is for your new-found situation. I hope with the hospital's care, she is starting to at least feel better. 

It is scary, devastating and, most of all, overwhelming. I know how you feel. You will always remember the people who have helped you (especially the cheese stick lady). I am sure you are scared to take care of your daughter's diabetes, but please know from me and hundreds of other mothers, you are going to do great for her and with her. I can say this with confidence for three reasons. 


1) Because you have no choice. Sorry, but it's true.


2) Because since the first baby amoeba was born, mothers have protected their children. You will be just as great as that first awesome amoeba mom that got the ball rolling.


3) Because we are ALL pulling for you. There is strength in our world. The world that encompasses parents all over the globe holding their breath during soccer games and waking at 2 am for the overnight check. 


If we lived in the same city, I would come give you a hug and help you "everyday" until you felt confident you could do it on your own. Then, I would buy you a Starbucks gift card and put it in an Everyday Highs and Lows mug. 

There will be some late nights and you'll need the caffeineHowever, because we don't, I will include a bunch of posts that I hope will be helpful while you are waiting for tonight's 2 am check. 


THANK YOU for trusting me with your vulnerable and fragile moment. If you ever want to talk off line, please contact me at everydayhighsandlows1@gmail.com. If you'd like, I can give you my phone number and we can talk. 


I am sorry this happened to you guys. 


You can do this,










This one you just need to read because it's funny and it will take your mind off of it all for just a minute.

And this one too!


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