Diabetes. Find a cure.

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The greatest man I have ever known spent years suffering and my whole life I’ve wanted to make a difference. One of my greatest dreams is that one day, we will be a world free of diabetes and all of the pain it causes. Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day. If you have something blue, wear and support the cause. If you have a minute and aren’t informed, get informed. We are the future.

Diabetes is the common name for a range of conditions including diabetes mellitus type one and diabetes mellitus type two, diabetes insipidus and gestational diabetes. These are all conditions, which affect how the pancreas (an organ in the digestive system) secretes insulin or how the body reacts to this hormone. Depending on the type and severity, diabetes is controlled by dietary measures, weight loss, oral medication or injected or inhaled insulin. There is a wide range of short and long-term complications of diabetes including foot and eye problems and vascular diseases. It is estimated that one in three residents of the United States will develop diabetes at some point in their life.

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On December 20, 2006, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution to designate November 14 as World Diabetes Day. The occasion aimed to raise awareness of diabetes, its prevention and complications and the care that people with the condition need. Governments, non-governmental organizations and private businesses are encouraged to increase awareness of the disease, particularly among the general population and the media. World Diabetes Day was first commemorated on November 14, 2007, and is observed annually.

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Perfection is overrated.

I have learned that life isn’t about getting it “perfect” but maybe living in the small instant that comes before perfect. After all, it’s more fun anyway.

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I’ve always taken 100 pictures to make sure I get just the right one. This morning when I found the last one was perfect, I backed up to that one above. It just seemed…..perfect. It captured the true essence that is my wild children. The world we live in creates this idea that everyone and everything should be a certain way at all times. I just have to disagree. Sometimes when you’re rushing out of the door to get to point B and the kids are already complaining that their shoes are too tight or the other one is taking their hair down and you are just about to snap before you can put the kids in the car in that moment, laugh. Yes, just laugh because no amount of screaming will make you feel quite as good. (Trust me)

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Photos tell a story and hold memories that often change over years. The one thing that stays the same is the photo itself. Nothing has brought me more joys and rewards than motherhood. I’m learning to live perfectly imperfect with a family perfect for me.

All dogs go to heaven.

I believe that every animal and every pet has a purpose. We love them all but sometimes one comes along and they change your life.20140905-214411.jpg

Rosco has been one of my best friends through some of the hardest and greatest years of my life. December is his 10th birthday! He is my body guard and has protected our house from burglars, and raccoons, to snakes, and shadows. He has been the best bird/squirrel dog a man could have and an excellent riding partner. Whether it was in the truck or on the golf cart, he is riding shotgun! 20140905-214502.jpg

He has been a ride around the yard and a gentle nudge when your hotdog was smelling too good to pass up. He has been the greatest Labrador anyone could ever ask for and so much more. Rosco has touched the lives of most people he has met. Some in a good way and others where not particularly pleased with his “cat skills”. Lets just say he wasn’t a fan. He has been a furry garbage disposal. You drop it, it’s gone! It’s that simple. One thing that has never changed is that he has always been a friend. A shoulder to cry on, a reminder that life goes on, and the best dog that our kids have ever had. 20140905-214513.jpg

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Rosco has spent every hunting season on the hunt and every summer in the sun. He has been my running buddy forever and I can’t imagine a trip around the block without him. 20140905-214549.jpg

Three years ago we found out Rosco had a small tumor. The doctors said it was better to let him live out the rest of his days happy with his family. Yesterday, he was laid to rest. The only thing harder than letting him go is knowing that I wasn’t able to tell him goodbye. They say “all dogs go to heaven” and for his sake, I hope it’s not the same for all those cats. 20140905-214534.jpg

To Rosco, we have shared many laughs, tears, and years. Even a few debbie cakes after the kids went to bed. Thank you for always loving us and most importantly, letting us love you. You have left a void in my heart that will never be filled. Driving home today was absolutely heartbreaking. There was no 100 pound hug or begging for a snack. There was no scratch at the door because the kids closed it before you slid in. There was no after dinner talk on the front porch. All of these things have changed but the love and joy you have given me will be my strength to let you go. As heartbreaking as losing you is, I wouldn’t trade my time with you for anything. I hope you’re chasing all those squirrels in heaven and know how much we love you.
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