While reading a comment made by Sandra Miller on my previous post, I started thinking about the acceptance part of the 5 stages of grief. And, you know what? I will NEVER accept this disease. While I can't stick my head in the sand, I will not accept that Riley will have this disease for the rest of his life. I accept that he has it right now. The present cannot be changed, but the future, that is another thing all together. I have to believe that there will someday be a cure for diabetes. I have to believe this for my sanity. I can't bear the thought of Riley living with this for the rest of his life. I just can't. I know some of you are sitting there reading this and shaking your head and pitying me. I've heard some of you say, you gave up on a cure a long time ago. I can't. I won't. Some may say, "Well, you're so new to this. You'll change your mind." Well, I know me, and I won't change my mind. I will fight for a cure for this disease until the day that I die. I promise.
Prayers are needed. I pray daily for a cure. I've heard Ellen say that it will take more than prayer to cure this disease, and she's right. But, prayer never hurt anything. I pray everyday that today will be the day that a cure is found. I pray not only for my son, but all the Josephs, Brendons, Daniels, Zachs, Daves, Alecs, (insert your child's/your name here) that live with this disease every day.
Now, another thing that will help is your time, your time making phone call and creating public awareness about this disease.
Some of you may not be big on prayer and others may say, " I just don't have time". Well, then they can always use your money. I strongly urge you to donate to help find a cure for this disease. There are many places to go to. My personal favorite is The Lee Iacocca Foundation .
I just find a lot of hope in Faustman's research. There are other places to which money can be donated. Please feel free to post your favorites in the comments.
Anyway, that's my rant for tonight. I will not, will not, will NOT accept that Riley will have this for the rest of his life. Call me naive if you'd like. I promise it won't hurt my feelings. I've acquired some tough skin over the years. Even if you think there will never be a cure, what will it hurt to throw a little money their way? Then when the cure does come you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped cure the Rileys, Josephs, Brendons, Alecs, Zachs, Daves, Kerris, Allisons, Keiths...........of the world.