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In Memoriam

Today is day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week and today’s topic is Memories.  The prompt reads as follows:

Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share.

Memories.  What a topic to have fall on this day.  A day that, for my family at least, will be filled with memories both joyful and painful for the rest of our lives.   A day on which we mark the one year anniversary of the death of April’s mom.  She lost an incredibly hard fought battle with cancer on May 15, 2012.

As you might imagine, diabetes management was the absolute last thing on my mind that day.  I remember my numbers being all over the place that day, but that’s about it.  That day, diabetes didn’t matter to me.  I’m sure today isn’t going to be a whole lot different.

Wendy had a beautiful rose garden in the front yard of their house.  Though she was allergic to most flowers, she enjoyed their beauty.  The roses began to bloom a short while before she passed and I captured this photo of one a short while later.

After she passed, I wrote the words and combined them with the photo as a tribute to her.  How fitting for today.


In Memoriam

Living with a Confusing Pancreas and a Broken Heart at age 36 #Diabetes #LADA #CongestiveHeartFailure. #MakeDiabetesVisible Creator, #ALittleHeartCanDoBigThings Creator, Advocate, Blogger, Nature Photographer.


  • Elizabeth

    What a very beautiful post. Those anniversaries are tough no matter how long it’s been. Sending love and happy thoughts to you and your family.

    • Mike

      So very true, Elizabeth. There are some wounds that time simply can’t heal. We have five such anniversaries throughout the month of May going back 11 years. Thanks for the love.

  • Jane

    I can certainly understand. I lost my mother to breast cancer more than 10 years ago, and my mother is as real to me as another person. I still ask her for advice before I make any major decisions, like I used to when she was alive. Thanks for sharing. It’s such a beautiful post.

  • Karen

    Very beautiful Mike, and sometimes we need to put diabetes on the back burner for more important things. I’m sending hugs to you and April today.