I have been married for 16 years to my wife Heather. We have three girls and two have Type 1 diabetes and a 14 month old little boy. Audi was diagnosed at age three in April 2009; Riss was diagnosed at age three and a half in April 2011. Seven hundred and forty days apart, our lives changed with the first diagnoses. With the second, everything changed, our life direction and mission. Raising awareness of diabetes, educating caretakers and advocating with lawmakers have become a norm. Starting a blog about diabetes from a father’s perspective was another change. I never in a million years ever envisioned myself with a blog; I never envisioned the positive response. Also I was inspired to start writing a children’s book to help children with autoimmune diseases. A much harder undertaking than I thought, but it’s a labor of love. I’m also working on a collection of short stories that has been in the works for many years, someday I hope to finish. I was born and raised in a small Midwest farm town where I ate vegetables from our own garden. There I learned an appreciation for health and hard work. After high school I settled large city and studied philosophy and ended up staying in this beautiful city. Time permitting, I love fishing the waters of the Great Lakes and the rivers that feed them. This explains why Hemingway is one of my favorite authors. My advice to parents, try to keep diabetes a side issue, so you can enjoy your children. It will be difficult to do, but your child is worth the hard work. Godspeed.
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