Friday, January 7, 2011

Our Big News...

Most of my blog readers know about our life with Type 1 Diabetes. Our oldest daughter Sydney, who is now 7, was diagnosed when she was only 4 years old. She has always taken a positive, proactive approach to her diabetes management and understands the realities of her disease. As her parents, we have tried very hard to educate more people about what Syd's life with Type 1 is like. Many of you may remember this video I created 2 years ago that has gotten regional attention from our JDRF chapter and many of their sponsors. Please watch it again here...



Another neat thing associated with JDRF is the opportunity for the Children's Congress. This is a little more about the Congress and why it is so important and integral to our cause for a cure.

"Every two years, JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore and over a hundred children with type 1 diabetes gather in Washington, D. C. to meet face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in the U.S. government. The children, ages 4 to 17, represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As participants in JDRF's Children's Congress, they have a unique and empowering opportunity to help Members of Congress understand what life with type 1 diabetes is like and why research to find the cure for diabetes and its complications is so critical."

To read more about the congress visit their page by clicking HERE

I got a call today saying that Sydney has been chosen to be one of the delegates from our state this year! She will go to Washington DC in June with either Loren or myself. (She told me today she wants her daddy to go with her.) They will meet with the top decision makers in Washington as well as President Obama himself! We are going to balance the funds and see if we can swing a trip where the whole family gets to go to D.C.

It is huge news because we get to do some great work for a cure. And Sydney gets this once in a lifetime opportunity to talk about something she is very passionate about. We are so proud of her and so excited for this honor in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes! It still infiltrates every part of our life. Even while enjoying our new baby and waking up with Hadlee 3 or 4 times a night still involves "low" nights or "high" nights with Sydney where we are balancing checking her numbers and treating her as well as the needs of a brand new baby. T1 needs a cure and here is a tremendous experience that Sydney gets to be part of. :) We are so proud of her and our whole family.

25 comments:

sarefamily said...

how exciting!!! yea syd!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goodwin Family said...

how exciting! Congrats! What a great opportunity!!

Nicole said...

This is amazing....congrats!! What a wonderful opportunity for Sydney.

Priscilla said...

Wow...neat! That'll be exciting!

Amy said...

AAAAAHHHHHH!!!! I am so very excited for ALL of you!!! WOOHOOO!!!!

carrie said...

This is so great!! She will be fantastic!!! What a great little girl, I am so excited for her! Loves!

Wendy said...

WOOHOO!!!!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!

Denelle said...

All I can say is WOW!!! That's the coolest news ever!

Tracy (The Crazy Pancreas) said...

How exciting! Congrats to Sydney and your family!

Lora said...

Congrats.. how exciting!

Rachel said...

Woo Hoo!!!!! Congratulations Syd! She is so adorable.... she will melt all of their heart. Great job! :)

Megan said...

That is so great! Congratulations!!!

The Lane Family said...

Shamae that is AWESOME!!! If you need help while you are here or ideas what to see and do that is fun or a place to stay we only live 12 miles from D.C. and when I can see right again I LOVE driving into and out of D.C. I could also help babysit if you needed it!!!

Wendi :)

Misty said...

That is fantastic news!!! I was so proud of her (and you) that I had tears rolling down my cheek as I was reading this. I hope that your whole family will be able to make the trip. Either way, Way to Go SYD!!! THANK YOU for advocating for all of us!!

Kelly said...

Ahhhh she is so darn cute! SUPER CONGRATS to Sydney, she will be awesome representing ALL OF US! Her future is SO bright, especially with this awesome opportunity leading her way!

Melyssa said...

That is amazing! Congratulations Sydney. :)

wendys said...

That's terrific news. She will be a great representative for Idaho.

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

Fabulous! Congrats!

alix said...

what an incredible opportunity! we are so proud of all of you! sydney will be a wonderful ( not to mention adorable) delegate.

Tara said...

that is so awesome!!

Megann said...

So happy for you guys!

Shannon@ The New Normal Life said...

That is AWESOME!! I am so happy for you all!! Thank you for what you will be able to do for the entire DOC

Hallie said...

Woo Hoo!!! That is awesome! So proud of you! You will ROCK it!

:) Tracie said...

That is SO AWESOME!!!
What great things you guys are doing for our kids!
Proud moment indeed!

Mel said...

HOW EXCITING!!!! What great and wonderful experiences ahead for Syd and your family