I have an incredible story of a wonderful young lady, my sister, Chantelle. She is a wonderful mother of a 3 yr old boy, my nephew, Corey. From the very begining she has struggled to keep this special gift in our lives.
In August 1995, my sister, her fiance, myself and my other sister went to the hospital. We were all going into the delivery with my sister. With some difficulties over many hours, my sister was rushed in to have an emergency cesarean. On, August 5, 1995 my gorgeous and very special nephew was born. He did not know just how special he was at that very moment. My sister almost lost her life to deliver this little package. She was rushed to Lebanon, NH to Dartmouth Hitchcock, where she underwent many surgeries to save her life. I know the reason she survived this was her desire to see her son for the very first time. She survived and slowly started building her life with her fiance and son with the knowledge Corey was to be her only child. All was going very well.
Just under a year ago, my nephew became very ill. Chantelle brought her son to the doctors. The doctor told my sister Corey had the flu and to really push the fluids which should include "gatorade" so he would not dehydrate. My sister took Corey home and really pushed the fluids, including the "Gatorade" she was told to push. My nephew became pretty lethargic. She took him to the Emergency Room at their local hospital. She saw a different doctor. The doctor asked for some specimens. The results of these specimens turned out to be diabetes for my 2 year old nephew. He was slipping fast and needed to be rushed to Mary Hitchcock in Burlington, VT.
The nurses and doctors fought to bring Corey down to the correct levels. After several days in the hospital and many hours of training, my sister, her fiance, and their son were able to go home. The struggles do not stop there. It is very difficult telling a child he is not allowed to have certain things he was used to before all of this happened. They have many ups and downs.
I find my sister and her fiance, Greg, to be exceptional parents. They survive so many trials and tribulations. My sister is now 24 and has grown in so many ways in less than a year. I wish there was some sort of tribute or outstanding medal I could give her to show her how wonderful she is.
We will all be walking the walkathon in Burlington, Vt on the 4th of October. We will all do our best for the fight against diabetes.
Bonnie receives e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Original posting: 8 September 98
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