Monday, July 28, 2008

What? You have diabetes too? Thats umm..terrific...

About a month ago i was having lunch with the boys in brown. Later on that lunch hour just after them checking their diads about 30 times each and laughing on how assinine the management is. I Learned that one of my co-workers sons was diagnosed with Type 1 about 2 weeks prior. It broke my heart and nearly brought me to tears. It is odd though the second thought that comes to mind for a split second is that "great! now we have someone in common with what we are going through"
But that quickly changes to madness that one of my friends life has changed.

Fast forward 1 month later to the PlayersCup. I was caddying once again for a friend of mine Luke. His girlfriend (since then now his fiance) Nikki has a sister that has Type 1 as well. So there was a natural connection when they came though and visited us here. Other than the fact she just fell in love with Emma and Anna.

So on the first day of the tournament i noticed the other golfers caddies bracelet. So i asked him what it was for. And he too was diagnosed with diabetes over a month and a half ago. (start doing the math here).

We talked about it. He seemed really brave and at peace with the whole thing which i thought was super. I watched him test, and talked about how he feels when he is low, high, etc. Could it be a facad? I don't know. I have never been diagnosed with diabetes when i was 14. So i took it as it was.

Days later i was at Safeway picking up a few things and i was thinking about him. Then i clued in on his glaring blue eyes just like Deb's from UPS. And it clicked. Boy did it click. I got on my phone immediately and called her. That was her son. I thought that was wild.

I had to address that because it is such a crazy ass disease and overtakes peoples lives at times. And This 14 year old was carrying a 50 pound golf bag up and down hills and following excellent etiquette and handling himself like a pro. Something i could never have done at 14 with out diabetes.


Nicki Christensen said...

Isn't it crazy that before you knew anyone with this stupid disease, you knew nothing about it. And now that one person you love has it, it seems like so many people suddenly do to. It is definitely nice to have someone else to understand the situation, as shitty as it is that they have to deal.

I miss you guys so much. It's so crazy. We had so much fun with you. Avrie, Emma, and Anna can be our flower girls! Awww that would be so sweet. I'm saving my pennies for you guys to make it for the wedding. Actually, I'm finding you a sponsor. haha

George said...

That is an amazing story. I have met a few type 1's but that has been because of blogging.

I do think that having someone to talk to is so important. diabetes can be a lonely disease.

Deborah said...

Thanks Chris. What a nice story. It was an amazing coincidence. I believe everything happens for a reason. There will be some good come out of this. Look forward to seeing/hearing from you soon.

Nicki Christensen said...

Ok Chris... you are soooo slacking in the blogging department. I need a good laugh, or news pictures of the girls, the new house, anything.