Today’s DBlog Week topic is “What Brings Me Down.” Exploring the emotional side of living with, or caring for, someone with diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and/or your loved ones?
Words can’t describe the feelings of watching someone you care for go through the hardships of diabetes. Especially when they lose the fight. My wife’s sister, Kelly, was an amazing person in so many ways. Here is her story …
Kelly, my sister-in-law, was a bright and motivated honor student, a high school cheerleader and the President of her college sorority. She was a respected college recruiter and a positive influence for hundreds of high school students, as they made choices about their next steps in life.
She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 12 and met every challenge of our disease: acceptance, insulin resistance, and complications. Fingers, toes and both legs were amputated, her kidneys failed and she was on dialysis until she received a kidney transplant from my wife. She had partial vision loss and a device was implanted to help her stomach empty.
She died from diabetes complications at age 35 and lived with diabetes for 23 years. She never married, had children or fulfilled the career she prepared for.
This site is dedicated to Kelly. May her life serve as a reminder that we are humbled by diabetes and the impact it has on our lives. May her life also serve as motivation for us to embrace available treatments and to live our lives well with diabetes.