Happy 21st Birthday to Marissa
Nineteen years ago today, it was blisteringly hot in Washington, DC. Marissa was sick, but we didnít know why. She was ferociously thirsty, begging for water. We thought it might be the heat. Her pediatrician thought nothing of it. A couple of days later, on September 5, 1989, Marissa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Today, August 31, 2008, Marissa turned 21. She has lived 19 years with type 1 diabetes.
As parents, the diagnosis of diabetes can turn our lives upside down. We all know how the dreams and hopes we have for our kids can seem impossible in the face of the challenges of diabetes. We all know how the simple things can no longer be taken for granted. We all know how hard it can all seem.
Today is proof that it can all work out. Today, becoming 21, Marissa is an example Ė one of many in CWD Ė of how our kids can and do live exceptionally well with diabetes. I hope that today will help you all feel a sense of optimism for all of our children with diabetes, knowing that they too can have a wonderful life.
Jeff Hitchcock - President and Founder, CWD
Father of Marissa (BSN, RN), now 26, married, and mother, dx'd at 24 months