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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


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.


Kris said...

Heidi that is exactly what I have done today. Nothing. Just sat paralyzed and read and cried and prayed. It's been a hard day. My heart is heavy. I have a lump in my throat. I have cried so much for this child I have never met and for her family. And also because of the fact that something like this CAN happen to one of our own.

I'm so glad that we all had each other today. (((HUGS))) to you, my friend.

shannon said...

Also sending love their way tonight.

Alexis of Justices Misbehaving Pancreas said...

I really wish we could all sit together right now. Im so scared to close my eyes every night but tonights way worse. Im so sad.

Reyna said...

I too wish we could all sit together. It is the cold harsh reality of "d" that so many people don't realize. The invisibility of the disease can be a gives people such a false sense of it's "controllability".

(((HUGS))) I love you. Please give Jack a big hug from me.

Wendy said...

It's been hard for me to get on the computer for the past 2 days. I've had to do it in small doses....there's so much sadness....I have to face it in small doses.

So thankful for every day that our children wake up healthy, happy, and ready to take on the world.

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