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“It could be worse” is a phrase that is often said to families when hearing of a diabetes diagnosis.

Sometimes it is used because the speaker is unsure of what to say.

Sometimes it is the result of media only education.

Perhaps because even if the intent is not there, it comes across as diminishing the battle you’ve just been handed.

Normally, this phrase makes me cringe.

But not today.

Today I nod in agreement that it most certainly ‘could be worse.’

Today a friend lost her husband after a long courageous battle of kidney cancer.

And my heart is broken today for her and her young daughters.

The diabetes community excels at its online social network.

My friend and her husband were instrumental in doing the same for Kidney Cancer.

They courageously shared their journey on their blog and shared themselves with the world.

They did so with a written talent that I wish I could replicate.

Humor is interlaced throughout it all, even surrounding the (dry) medical explanations.

But even more important, for me at least, is the demonstration of obvious love and dedication to each other.

In sickness and in health, they defined that promise to me.

Even today they are thinking of others. Instead of flowers, they are asking for donations to be made to benefit Kidney Cancer Research.

If you are so inclined, you can designate Dr. Hans Hammer in Memory of Chris Battle.

In hopes that no other family will be mourning the loss of their spouse, parent, sibling to the ravage evil beast that is cancer.

I am so thankful they shared their journey with me. I wished and hoped the story would turn out any other way. And I hope that the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is flooded with donations beyond their wildest dreams. And I hope so much that it leads to a cure. I just wish it could have come sooner.

Yes, it most definitely could be worse.

I’ve taken some time off this past week because I’ve been enjoying a visit from my parents. One of the huge checks in the Con List of living military is distance from family. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss them. It is something I’m used to but I still don’t like it. When Annelies was diagnosed, the distance was even more magnified and for the first time, I began to resent it. The opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with my mom, just awesome and thus the reason for the crickets here.

Last week, in my email, I was touched to be nominated by Paul for this award. I’m just beginning to get to know him through his blog and I’m glad to follow him. In the path that is Diabetes, support is as necessary as insulin. Even though he is a recent diagnosis and I am a mom of a child with diabetes 5 years since diagnosis, support is something we can offer each other, even if our perspectives are a little different.

Rules for this award:

  • Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you
  • Answer five super sweet questions
  • Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers

Time for the 5 sweet questions:

  • Cookies or cake? This is a tough choice. For as long as I can remember, my mom has made me German Chocolate Cake for my birthday. But I’m not a huge cake lover, truth is, I am only in it for the Caramel Coconut Pecan frosting. So I am going to have to choose cookie. Hopefully it’s a thick soft chewy oatmeal raisin one.
  • Chocolate or vanilla? It drives my girls nuts that I’m not a huge chocolate fan. I’ll choose vanilla any day, hopefully with warm ooey gooey caramel topping. I’d happily accept butterscotch topping too.
  • Favorite sweet treat? Snicker’s bar. I’ve eaten one in every country I’ve ever visited. (Yes, they do taste different in each place.) Snickers have even been brought back to me by others who have traveled to places I have yet to roam.
  • When do you crave sweet things the most? Oddly, in the evening time. Currently working through a stash of jelly beans.
  • Sweet nick name? The sweetest? Mommy.

My 12 super sweet nominees:

  1. LivingLikeLinds
  2. KDA not DKA
  3. Life with My Giggly Girls
  4. Bringing Up the Rare
  5. Golden Eye Images
  6. What Jew Wanna Eat
  7. Yammie’s Noshery
  8. The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife
  9. Kayotic Kitchen
  10. Epbot
  11. Army Wife 101
  12. Budget Bytes

Thanks again, Paul, for bringing a smile to my face with this nomination.

August 2017
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