My heart is broken for my friend Meri. Meri has been my light when the darkness of diabetes has been thick. Meri has always encouraged me and never judged or said that her way was the best way. Meri is amazing! Meri has 4 equally amazing boys, 3 of whom have type one diabetes. The oldest of these was dx at 7 months of age. Meri has pretty much seen it all when it comes to diabetes and her wisdom is worth its weight in gold. Although she is the writer in the family (her blog is amazing) and the face for her family, its really her and her husband Ryan and their boys together that shine the light in to so many homes in those dark hours. They are a team and a beautiful one at that.
Six months ago Ryan was dx with cancer and he fought a gallant fight. This morning (Sept 2, 2012) Meri and her boys held this man that they love so much and said goodbye as our Heavenly Father took Ryan's spirit and made him whole. This team will still shine as their light is too bright to be extinguished but they will never be the same. I am so glad that I got to know Ryan through Meri's writing. He was an amazing dad and husband, terrific friend and champion to his family. My guess is he only loved God more than the other 5 people that lived in his home.
Meri, I wish I could hold some of the pain you must be feeling right now. I love you to pieces and am so thankful that God has allowed you and your family to play a part in my life! You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.