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Meeting with some of my Hero’s!!

As most of you know..I am a grandmother and a Type 3 (once removed)!  That is..I do not have diabetes, my children do not have diabetes, it is my oldest grandson that was diagnosed with  Type 1 Diabetes!

As any of my friends and family will tell you, I am the definition of a Mother Hen!  Not necessarily a good thing, but none-the-less it is a part of who I am!!   “D” showed up 7 years ago and threatened a member of my family..  “D” did not just come in and  steal a part of my grandson (his pancreas), it took a piece of all of us and forever changed our family!  I HAD TO do what I could to make “D” give it back!

I volunteered with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and started out just participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes every year.  Then I became a JDRF Advocate and periodically wrote to my congressman asking him to please do what he could to make sure that diabetes research is funded so that a cure can be found as soon as possible.  And 2 years ago I was asked to be the Advocacy Leader.  Saying “no” is a very hard thing for me to say and thank goodness.  Being the JDRF Advocacy Leader I was invited to attend their Government Day in Washington DC.

And so it began….

At this year’s Government Day, I was introduced to the Diabetes Online Community.  Something I didn’t even know existed!  Listening to all of those young men and women talk about the DOC and the support it gives to its members , I knew I had to learn more.  I think it kind of started as a joke, but somehow this old gramma (thanks to Scott and Kerri) left DC that week with my own blog site and twitter account!

The DOC not only offers support to each other that is beyond description, it is so much more.  It is, in almost every sense of the word, FAMILY!  The members of the DOC laugh together, they cry together, they educate each other, they all love unicorns and cupcakes, they advocate, they vent their frustrations without being judged, they are there for each other 24/7, they encourage each other during tough times and they celebrate the victories!

They live their lives, day in and day out, 24/7 with no vacations from “D” and shout “YOU CAN DO THIS!”  with pride!  Each and every one of you living with diabetes are my heroes!

I am so grateful to George http://ninjabetic.squarespace.com

for inviting me to a D meet-up last Saturday. He is going to be speaking to some of our advocates next month about the DOC and I am so excited!

I got to see Scott http://scottsdiabetes.com/

and not only thank him again for setting me up with my own blog and twitter accounts, but I got to get one of his famous “BIG HUGS”!  He is for sure, one of my biggest heroes!!!

And I got to meet Jenny and her husband http://web.me.com/wyldceltic1

who loves Mac’s, her dogs and music!  She definitely has all things “APPLE”!

and last but not least…..

Brad Slaight aka “Meter Boy” http://www.captainglucoseandmeterboy.com/

who kept us laughing the whole time!  (Not to mention he is “half the man he used to be”!)

Thank you all for your courage, commitment and dedication to the DOC and  for making me feel so welcome at your table!

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Sister’s Tender Moment!

This was a very big week for our family.  Our first grandchild graduated from high school yesterday.  He graduated with honors,  an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship to play baseball for the college that was his Number One Choice!   He did this with NO HELP FROM DIABETES OR CELIAC DISEASE!

His parents were having a graduation party at one of his favorite Mexican Restaurants and my grand daughter (his little sister) called me and asked if I would help her make a cake for the occasion!  No brainer, of course I would love to help!

Mind you, most of the time, the two of them can not stand to be in the same room with each other!!  She says  “He gets all the attention….it’s always about him” . He is always teasing her and says “She is so spoiled, she gets whatever she wants” and so on and so on!  You know, that whole sibling rivalry thing!!

So anyway, she comes over and begins to tell me what she wants to make for her big brother.  And she melts my heart!

You see, he has not been able to eat cake like everyone else since he was 11 years old and in addition to his Type 1 diabetes, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.   Whenever we have birthdays or other events where cake is served we alway make sure he has a gluten free cupcake or some other gluten free dessert.  But because this is a really special day for him…his sister wants to make him the gluten free cake and make regular cupcakes for everyone else!!  Oh, and not just any old gluten free cake but a 4 tiered gluten free cake!!   I am choking back the tears by now!  At that moment, I couldn’t be more proud of her!  What a very special grand daughter I have!

The day of the graduation party was also our third grandchild’s birthday and she wanted to make sure she made him something as well.  So after I pick all of them up from their respective schools,  I take her and our 2 younger grandsons to the cake decorating store and we pick out decorations for her “vision”  and our birthday boy picks out what he wants on his special cupcake!!   She and I then spend the evening baking all four gluten free cakes and we bake 18 regular cupcakes.  She has heard that it’s easier to frost if we freeze the cakes first…after the last of the four cakes has cooled we put them in the freezer at about 11pm and we head off to bed!  (She’s spending the night because she has no school the next day and wants to get an early start to the decorating!)

So up we get and one by one we remove the layers from the freezer and frost them and stack them on top of each other!  Then the cupcakes are frosted and a little frosting is put on the bottom of the wrappers so they stay secured to where she puts them.   Finally…she is ready to add the decorations that took her over an hour to pick out!

I’ll let you decide for yourself…But I doubt that anyone would be able to buy a more beautiful graduation cake or a cake made with more love than this one (let alone a gluten free one)!!

This Grandmother is so very proud of all of her grandchildren.  Being a grandma is the best thing in the whole world!

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OMG! I’ve been a Gramma 18 years TODAY!

Today my first grandchild turns 18!!

I have to tell you that all the things you hear about grandparenthood are absolutely true!  Don’t get me wrong..Becoming a parent is certainly one of life’s greatest joys, but multiply that by 10 and that is what being a grandparent is like!!   I am blessed to have 4 wonderful grandchildren so multiply that times 4!!   That’s 40 times more wonderful than being a parent!!   How incredibly lucky I AM!

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROB!  Thank you for giving me joy I never knew existed!  Thank you for giving me happiness I didn’t know possible!  Thank you for becoming such a source of pride!  Thank you for being so much stronger than your grandma!  Thank you for being such a wonderful role model for all of us to follow in learning how to deal with life’s adversities!

Today is ONE DAY CLOSER to your Cure!

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Silly Hats and Baseball Caps


As you may have figured out, JDRF’s Government Day 2011 really put a BEE IN MY BONNET!

Right before I attended Government Day, I was laid off from a job I had been at for almost 13 years.    Being a, not quite old enough to retire grandma, people aren’t exactly knocking down my door to offer me a job!!  I was used to working 10 to 12 hours a day and I need something to keep me busy.  ENTER THE D.O.C!!!

For several years my girlfriends and I had talked about joining the Red Hat Society!  For those of you who don’t know what that is, “The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next.”

However, it was a little more structured than we really wanted or had time for and since many of us have been married to our high school sweethearts for almost 50 years and we are all are used to doing almost everything together…We decided we wanted to include our men in the get togethers!!   We wanted to meet often, look silly, laugh, love and we also knew we wanted to have a purpose!!

I have some of the most wonderful friends and because they all know of my passion to find a Cure for Diabetes, this has become their passion as well!  Hence…we now have “OUR PURPOSE”!
Some of the issues we are hoping to address include:
  • Like so many seniors, we are on limited incomes and we can not give money in a “big” manner, but want to help
  • There are many families that are struggling with the financial needs  living in So. California and then add to that, dealing with the health issues of a Type 1 child on a daily basis, not only is their time limited, so are their pocket books, but they too want to help
  • There are thousand of Adult Type 1’s out there, many of whom are struggling with health insurance, unemployment, young families,  health issues and a need to belong, but they too want to help
  • What can we do to get our legislators to understand the importance of better treatment and A CURE for Diabetes.  How do we get them to “get it”!!!
We had our first meeting Tuesday at one of the best good old-fashioned  drug stores in the country established in 1918.
Watson’s Drugs
at the Circle in Orange!!
YEP!!  WE LOOKED SILLY!!
But we had such a good time!!  People actually stopped by our table just to chat, and reminisce  and join in the fun!  We already have set a date for a softball tournament and have decided we will meet every Tuesday, same time, same place.  Some times there will be more of us and sometimes less…But at the very least, we will have an excuse to get together and along the way, we will be doing what we can to help the Diabetes Community.

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