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A Personal Request

Hello friends:


My husband Dave and I are writing you on behalf of our son, David.       

Our Tough Guy


As you know, David was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes last summer, at age 11. He will be insulin-dependent for the rest of his life. In the short year since his diagnosis, he already has endured over 2,000 fingerpricks and 2,500 insulin injections. In addition to his rigorous blood testing and insulin shots, everything he consumes must be weighed and measured, and his blood levels even need to be checked while he’s at school, hanging with friends and even while he sleeps. David is always a trooper and rarely complains. He is full of smiles, sarcasm, and pre-teen pranks, amidst his daily diabetes routine. He actually inspired a fellow diabetic student to begin doing some of his own shots!  David continually amazes us with his strength and compassion and is a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of intelligence, creativity, and optimism.


There are many devastating diseases in our world right now, and that saddens us. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach.  David asks us every so often, “Why did I get this stupid disease?” It’s a painful question to hear looking at his tearful eyes. We feel confident a positive outcome will be available before he goes to college. 


Please understand, we are not trying to have a pity session. We truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good. As parents, it’s our instinct from the moment our kids are born to protect them from any harm. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for him. It’s our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with juvenile diabetes.


The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF’s largest fundraising events is the “Walk to Cure Diabetes.” This will be our first year since David was diagnosed, that we have formed a team named “Never Give Up!” and have raised money towards this cause. This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, October 2 at the Community Park of Lisle, as well as 5 other Chicagoland locations!


If you are interested, there are three ways you can help us make a difference for David:

  • You can join our Family Team, known as “Never Give Up!,” which consists of family and friends who collect pledges and walk with us.
  • You can send your donation and contact others in your circle of family and friends to donate as well. Just contact us and we will send you a pledge form. If you choose to raise donations yourself, you may forward this letter or write your own. You may also donate online: Never Give Up! Team Page
  • You can send our family a tax-deductible contribution in any amount, made payable to JDRF. We will deliver any donations in David’s honor the morning of the Walk. (Pls email me for a mailing address mjcwriter at cocmast dot net)


Thank you for helping our family team meet our goal of raising $750.00 this year. Thank you for your support and we would be honored to see you at the Walk on October 2nd!


7th Grader

    The Campbell’s

   Mary Jo, Dave, David (12) and Sam (7)


Filed under Believe, goals

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.” ~Charles Swindoll

David (left) with friend Nick

On Friday, June 11 at 3:20pm, our pediatrician diagnosed our 11-year-old son with Type 1 Diabetes. We knew something was amiss when David awoke several times a night to go to the bathroom, drank water practically by the bucket and was an emotional wreck (depressed, angry, bored, tired, combative) all within an hour’s time span.

His blood sugar count was “High” and he had ketones in his urine. The Dr. sent us to the ER. We spent 3 days in the Pediatric unit. David is doing just fine, so please don’t worry.
He doesn’t look sick and he doesn’t act sick. We caught it early and with proper diet and insulin (4x a day) he will be just fine.  We each have had our “breakdowns” and every day is a little bit better.

Family poured in to help: watching our youngest son, feeding our pets, bringing goodies to cheer David in the hospital, driving me home so my husband could stay (I had become violently ill on Day Two and the nurse sent me home to rest and get well. Seriously. Everything at once.)

It’s funny how you don’t know how loved you are until something unfortunate happens. And that is what this diagnosis is. Unfortunate. It’s not life-threatening, it’s really just going to be a pain in the ass. Measuring foods, counting carbs, double checking insulin calculations, reading everything we can, planning mealtimes and our daily routines/schedules in general, including travel and impromptu fishing/hiking excursions.

Because I believe that life is “90% the way I react to it,” here is a list of blessings in disguise.

The good things:

We will all be eating healthier in our household
We have several months to adjust to this disease before school starts again
We have a specialist (Pediatric endocrinologist) assigned to David
My work is very understanding and supportive about the time I need to take off
Our families live nearby and have stepped in to help in so many ways
Has forced us to slow down and cherish our real priorities
Puts everything into perspective

So, just wanted to share what was going on with me and my family over the last several weeks.  Thank you for your concern, prayers and cyber–chocolate! I knew my readers needed to hear this and be warned: a complete MELTDOWN may still be coming. Right now, I’m just learning how to take care of my child all over again.


Filed under emotion, Little Things, Perseverance