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Published on 12/12/2014, by in Announcements, Life.
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It’s been 10 days now since the fire at mom’s house, and nine days since I launched this campaign to help her. We have been incredibly overwhelmed by the response so far and I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for their donations.

I traveled to Louisville over the weekend and was able to take mom the initial $800 that was available when I left on Saturday. That allowed mom start purchasing some of the basic necessities that she and my step-dad have to replace.  April will be traveling to Louisville this weekend and I’ll be sending another check for mom when she goes.

I spent some time at the house with mom while I was there and saw first-hand just how bad things are. It’s gut-wrenching. It broke my heart to see mom staring at everything in disbelief with tears in her eyes, and watching her sort through the rubble in hopes of finding old photos and family heirlooms that can never be replaced. It hurt just as much for me as I was born in that house 30 years ago this past March.

The season of giving is upon us. If you haven’t made a donation yet, I hope that you will. A little bit goes a long way.

On behalf of my family, I thank you again for helping in whatever way possible.

 
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Published on 12/03/2014, by in Announcements, Life.
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In the late hours of Monday, December 1st, I received a heartbreaking call from my mother telling me that she had just lost her home to an electrical fire. It started on the first floor and spread up a wall to their second floor bedroom. My mom and step-dad were in bed at the time and barely made it out through the smoke. We are incredibly thankful that they got out alive.

Sadly, they weren’t able to save much. What wasn’t directly destroyed by the fire was lost to smoke and water damage.
While insurance will help them recover in the long term, their immediate needs are great. I’d like to lighten that burden and hope that you will consider a donation to help as well.

On behalf of my family, thank you for helping in whatever way possible.

 
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Wishing a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone in the Diabetes Online Community!

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May we all take time today to remember what this day is all about;
Giving thanks for all of the blessings that come to us.

Today, as with each day, I am thankful to be alive, I am thankful for my family and friends, and I am thankful for the good memories of those who are no longer here to share in this day.

I’m thankful to have been able to spend more time with my family in Louisville this year.  My schedule and the distance make it difficult to get down there at times.  And, if I’m being honest, issues with my health over the last six years, as well as the death of my aunt and health challenges of other family member, has enforced in my mind the importance of spending as much time with family and friends as possible.  Life is fragile.  And life is short.

I’m thankful that I was able to be in Louisville for a few days this week to visit my grandmother who fell and broke her hip last week.  I’m thankful that her hip replacement surgery went well, and that I was able to see her up and walking some before I had to return to Fort Wayne on Tuesday night.  I’m thankful my mother is there to make sure she receives the care she needs.

I’m thankful that the automobile accident that I was in on Tuesday evening wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and that my mother and I walked away relatively unharmed.

I’m quite thankful for the financial blessings bestowed upon me this year that have allowed me to pay off all of my college debts.  I’m equally thankful to have been able to pay off the majority of the outstanding medical debts I’ve incurred in nearly six years of fighting congestive heart failure.   I haven’t the words to express the sense of relief that I feel now that those debts are gone.   I’ll never be able to adequately thank the two angels who made it possible.

I’m thankful that I’ve been able to make progress toward getting out of the burnout and depression that I’ve been struggling with for the last several months.  I’m thankful that I recognized and accepted my need to step away and focus on my well being.  I’ve got a long road ahead of me.  I’m thankful for the many friends that I have in diabetes online community, and for the continued love and support they’ve shown in my darkest of times.

And last, but certainly not least, I’m most thankful to have someone as caring and loving as April with whom to share this journey through life.  We’ve been through so much together in the last 12 years, and I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for her.  And, thankfully, I will end my Thanksgiving Day with her back in my arms as she returns from California this evening.

Happy Thanksgiving and lots of love, my friends!