My heart aches.
It aches for a family I've never met.
It aches because diabetes claimed the life a 13-year-old girl named Eilish.
I can't begin to imagine the pain Eilish's family feels.
All I know is the pain I feel, and it's intense. I am overwhelmed with grief.
I've cried more today than I have in a long time. I haven't accomplished my usual tasks. I have sat paralyzed, mourning the loss of girl I never knew.
From Facebook and many blogs, I've gathered that I'm not alone in my reaction. Her death has sent shock waves of fear and sadness through the diabetes community.
To Eilish's family, I am a complete stranger, who lives across the world. Yet, I feel as though I have lost a dear friend. I know others feel the same.
Diabetes does that. It connects strangers with a common bond.
And so my heart goes out to Eilish's family.
I hope somehow, some way they feel the love that surrounds them right now. I hope it comforts them.
Rest in peace, Eilish.