Today is July 20th, and I chose to write our family donation letter on this day because 10 years ago today my life changed. I was supposed to going to a baby shower for my soon-to-be-born baby girl. Instead I was rushing a very sick Morgan to Vanderbilt hospital. Over the next few hours Mike and I learned that our little 4 year old girl had type 1 diabetes. An autoimmune disease that had destroyed the cells in her pancrease that produce insulin. She would have to take shots, monitor every bite of food, and prick her fingers multiple times a day for the rest of her life. It was a rough day. And although most days are good ones now, it requires constant vilgilance, and even then, some days are still bad. One of the worst was when Zoe started showing some familiar symptoms eight years later. She was officially diagnosed October 24 2007, at age 8. Luckily, she was caught very early and did not get really sick like Morgan. One mother from my diabetes support group was not so lucky. Deb's 4-year-old daughter had the familiar symptoms, thirst, vomiting, lethargy, and was told by her pediatrician that she probably had a virus and sent home. She continued to worsen and eventually went to the ER. They realized she had diabetes there but she was very critical. She ended up in the ICU, however the doctors couldn't save her, the high blood sugars had done too much damage causing brain and organ failure. This mom is now educating others in her precious little girl's memory. Even though I feel like some days are too much having 2 children with this disease, I feel blessed to have them with me, and thankful my girl's stories did not end like Deb's. There is some good news, though. For the first time, scientists are predicting that we CAN expect to see a cure well within our lifetime! Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF? Together, we can make the cure a reality! We each have a page, Morgan, Zoe and Sharon, and would love to raise $500 each (or more!). Please click on one of our profiles and donate for a cure. You can also walk with us on the BIG DAY.....September 19th, 2009 at the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville over 87,000 finger pricks over 10,000 shots of insulin over 1,700 insulin pump site changes Those are just for my daughters. Please help us find a cure.