On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 life in the Oberndorfer House drastically changed forever. At approximately 9am that morning, our youngest, Will, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Nothing in our world would ever be the same.
- When I woke up the day after his diagnosis unable breathe because I felt so helpless in the face of this disease…I wish I knew that not only would T1D not defeat my son…he would learn to live a happy, active life. Yes, he needs lots of “behind the scenes” care but he is managing diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is NOT managing him.
- My child does not need me to fix every problem in his life. I cannot cure him of this disease. I want to…I yearn to cure him, but I simply cannot. But I can teach him how to live with grace and compassion. I can teach him that everyone has a story and no one has the right to judge another. Seek to understand, not to judge.
- The amount of people willing to support us and lift us up would take my breath away. We have been given so much on this journey; the support of our family, friends, co-workers, teammates and coaches has been key to our successful management of this disease.
- Faith…it is not just a word. Our faith in each other, in God, and in modern medicine allows us to accept this disease into our life. While I will never stop praying for a cure, I have faith that Will can continue to live a full and complete life while we wait.
- My son being diagnosed with a chronic, incurable disease would help me discover a new passion in my life…helping others beat this disease. By starting and running Will’s Way I have found a purpose in an awful diagnosis. Helping families get much needed life-style devices has given me so much joy. Again, I wish I would have known on that Tuesday type 1 diabetes would not defeat us, but I’m thankful I now know we will actively work to defeat it!
- Lastly, I wish I could have forseen what an amazing, capable person Will would turn out to be. I remember the scared and sick and newly diagnosed child…and it is hard to recognize him in the confident, healthy, compassionate young man he has become. He is a leader and an advocate. He is a young man of great faith and compassion. I can’t wait to see what the next 2 years will bring.
Today, we celebrate. We celebrate what we previously feared. We celebrate 2 years of triumph. We celebrate Will and all the other type 1 diabetics who are THRIVING!