Thought For The Day 12/30/11

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The Three Wishes

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Catherine selling Lemonade to raise money for Make-A-Wish

(National Lemonade Day 2011)

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There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.

Author Unknown

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I read the quote today with a bittersweet smile on my face….for a couple of reasons. The first is because of the story I am going to tell you about today is about the 3 wishes of a little girl. The second I will explain after I tell you Catherine’s story!

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Catherine is a little girl, 6 years old. Her 3 wishes are ones most of us wouldn’t even give a second thought to. The first is for dinner at El Rodeo, a Mexican restaurant near her home. The second is to have cotton candy, which she tasted only once in her life, during a trip to  Disney World. The third is for a cure for diabetes. You see, since she was 15 months old, she became ill with what MD’s thought was normal teething and then a virus. The real reason was much more insidious…. juvenile diabetes. She returned home with insulin and a Glucose monitor. She was so brittle (extreme fluctuations in the blood sugar levels), and because she was too young to tell her parents how she was feeling,  her parents had to test her sugar levels so often that, even as a toddler, as soon as she saw her mother get the meter, she toddled over to her, finger outstretched!

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Her parents were able to grant her first wish. The second will be granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation who, given the severity of her disease and the likely impact it will have on her growth and development, decided to accept the request her family made for a trip to Disney World! Her third wish we can only hope and pray will be found within her lifetime and it will be through research funded by our tax dollars as well as donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as well as other diabetes research groups. Now, it is a common misconception that a child has to have a terminal illness to receive a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The disease just has to be life threatening, and anyone who believes diabetes is not life threatening does not know the sobering statistics about the disease! Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20–74 years. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of new cases in 2008. And if those statistics aren’t sobering enough, perhaps the cost in $$$$$ will be!

  • $174 billion: Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2007
  • $116 billion for direct medical costs
  • $58 billion for indirect costs (disability, work loss, premature mortality)

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My husband and I lost a friend almost 20 years ago who succumbed to complications of Diabetes in his 40’s. And today, we are a household dealing with the illness as both Dan and my father are diabetics. My daughter’s best friend was just released from the hospital following being diagnosed as an insulin resistant diabetic. She is not yet my age!

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As we enter a brand new year in a few days, I ask you all to be vigilant regarding your own health. If you have not been checked recently, ask your doctor to perform a simple finger stick test. The earlier Diabetes is caught and managed, the more likely it is that you will lead a long and complication free life. And then I hope you will consider doing your part to help researchers find a cure. Perhaps you can consider making a donation to the American Diabetes Association in honor of someone you know with the disease. And if you see a young person fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, support them. It might just be you whose $$$$ are the ones that find that cure! We are, after all, our brother’s keeper!

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For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:13-14

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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