Imagine A Cure

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One of the hardest things I have ever gone through was when my oldest son, Sam, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of two. I will never forget the day the doctor told me that my son had an incurable disease. My heart broke into a million pieces. Nothing hurts greater than when something happens to your family. I have never felt so helpless than when my son wants me to “fix” it, and all I can do is hold him and say, “I’m sorry”. Or at least I thought that was all I could do.

We have since started an organization called “Imagine A Cure,” and it is my greatest desire to find a cure for my son. “Imagine A Cure” financially supports cutting edge organizations like JDRF ( juvenile diabetes research foundation) who are determined to work themselves out of a job by finding a cure. Not only are we trying to make a difference financially, but more importantly we are trying to make a difference through prayer, and we need your help. If you are able to give financially then praise God, but all of my fellow believers can pray. And that is exactly what I am asking you to do.

imagineacurethumbnail1.jpgPray for the hearts and minds of the scientist and doctors trying to find a cure. Pray for everyone who is experiencing this terrible disease first hand. Pray that God find greater glory through a cure. And, at the risk of sounding selfish, pray for my family. Pray for Mommy and Daddy to be patient with this “new normal.” Pray for Sam’s health. And more than anything else, pray that, regardless of a cure, God be glorified through Sam’s life.

-bart

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  • kelli

    There is nothing selfish about asking for prayer. I’ve found that sometimes it’s the only thing I can ask for while I walk through my own “incurable” issues.

    Please know you have our support, prayer.

  • Lara

    I absolutely understand the heartache you feel about not being able to “fix” it. As silly as this may sound, I have often tried to bargain with God to give me the diabetes and free my daughter. Of course, He knows that I am not nearly as strong as she. She is amazing!

    Trust that the steps you have taken to start the foundation are just the first toward “fixing” it for Sam, my daughter and everyone else who must live the diabetic lifestyle. Thank you!

    My prayers are with you. By the way, “Holdfast”.

  • Michelle Bentham

    Hey there MercyMe and Bart (especially) –

    First of all, Bart – I know the pain of being a parent who can do nothing more than sit by and watch as medicine predicts and dictates outcomes about your child that you feel incompetent to deal with. My son was 17 years old and diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder and ADHD. He had been slipping into rages and was hiding the fact that he had stopped taking his medicine when life seemed to flying out of control for our family. I didn’t even know how to pray – I had been fighting the emotional and social battle related to his many problems for so long that I just felt completely and utterly useless and defeated. Then God did this amazing thing, He took me through a Bible lesson that required me to write my most ardent prayer request down on an index card and lift it physically only — when I did to commit to never pray over that request again, but instead every time I thought of it to praise God and thank for the answer prepared in advance that I believed would come by faith. I wrote one word on my card, “Justin.” I watched him struggled through those ways – navigating the darker streets from childhood to adulthood as he fell into trouble with the police and had to make tough decisions like whether or not to return to school in the fall or just get his GED – how to pay off his legal fees when he had no income… and how to deal with the mounting scrutiny in his life as his decisions went from bad to worse. Justin had great personality, he had a great heart, he just had weaknesses in his mind and his flesh. He would drag his friends to church on a weekly basis and then head back out and live in the world with them all week. He was so tender to the hurting people he knew he often asked me to pray for someone whose Mom had cancer or whose Dad was strung out on drugs. It was hard to stay upset with him very long because he just had this way about him that wouldn’t let you harden your heart against him. He never met a stranger, he was polite and considerate of his elders at church and he loved music – all kinds. He attended Mark Matlock’s planet wisdom in the winter/spring of 2003 and you guys were there. He had been listening to me crank up the volume on the “Almost there” CD for months so when you guys came out and sang – he was so excited. So moved. He would go down at every service he attended and repent, begging God to help him stay the course. He came home that night and was breathless to tell me, “Oh Mom, you should have been there… they sang ‘your song’ -(I Can Only Imagine).” His favorite song from that cd was “House of God”… but I digress.

    I sat and watched this for months believing God for a miracle when I got a call that would change our lives forever. My son, out with friends, was in a car accident that left him dead on the scene after being thrown 50 feet from the vehicle he was riding in. He was revived and care-flited to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and lived in a coma for 8 days before the brain injury he had suffered claimed his life and God took him home to heaven.

    It was an impossible thing to realize, but what I have learned is that God is true to His Word – He will get you through and just like you said in your post – “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.” It happens to good people, bad people – it just happens to people because we live in a fallen environment where the enemy is granted access to our lives, and our physical bodies, our minds and our hearts are subject to the curse of the original fall – the curse that will exist until Christ comes again even though we are delivered from the spiritual curse of eternal death, we are in the process of being redeemed from the mental and emotional and the willful side of the curse that is our sin nature and our bodies will be redeemed on that wonderful day when God finally takes us home.

    Whether He comes on the clouds or my life ends in tragedy, illness or old age – I know one thing awaits – a glorious ending with my Savior and King and a welcome home party where my son will be among the cloud of witnesses that welcomes us home. I learned not to stop believing because God’s answer did not look like my prayer request and that God’s glory was strong – keep doing what you’re doing – tell Sam’s story and keep telling God’s story through the songs that you guys sing! It makes all the difference in the world one life can make!

    By the way, at my son’s homegoing celebration – a dear and talented friend of ours sang “Homesick” which perfectly described the way my heart felt on that day when the machines stopped pulsing bursts of air into his lungs and it became clear that my son was no longer in an earthly state. God is good – even in the most devestating cases. I give Him all the glory and praise. Remember He is strongest in your weakness, He is your peace and your shelter when the storm comes. I’ve heard several pastors and teachers use the eagle analogy and I will close with that – An eagle looks for the storms. They watch for them with great anticipation and when the storms come they fly out into them and ride the storm because they know in the storm they can soar higher, fly farther and faster than they ever could on their own. I am glad that God’s Word tells us that those who wait upon Him will mount up wings as eagles, run and not grow weary, and walk and not grow faint… He has a plan and it is to send you higher, faster and farther than you could ever go on your own. It is all too His glory! I’ll be praying for a cure.

    Blessings,
    Michelle

  • Kelly

    Hi Bart,

    I am really grateful to God for using Brody Harper and his wife, Kristin, to introduce me to your site. God is good and your last sentence depicts your heart for our Father for He does know best. We pray expecting a cure for Sam and others with debilitating diseases, but His will is always best come what may and all glory belongs to Him. It was also great reading the other responses. Inspite of all that we go through in life, His joy is always our strength, He never fails to fill our cups when dry, He has given us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)…wow, there no God like our God. Therefore I pray that He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30) These two songs {How Deep The Father’s Love For Us & We Bow Down} and a chapter in Psalm came to mind as I read…

    How deep the Father’s love for us,
    How vast beyond all measure
    That He should give His only Son
    To make a wretch His treasure

    How great the pain of searing loss,
    The Father turns His face away
    As wounds which mar the chosen One,
    Bring many sons to glory

    Behold the Man upon a cross,
    My sin upon His shoulders
    Ashamed I hear my mocing voice,
    Call out among the scoffers

    It was my sin that helf Him there
    Until it was accomplished
    His dying breath has brought me life
    I knoww that it is finished

    I will not boast in anything
    No gifts, no power, no wisdom
    But I will boast inJesus Christ
    His death and resurrection

    Why should I gain from His reward?
    I cannot give an answer
    But this I know with all my heart
    His wounds have paid my ransom
    (REPEAT)

    ===
    We bow down and confess you are Lord in this place,
    We bow down and confess you are Lord in this place,

    You are all I need
    its your face i seek
    In the presence of your life
    We bow down
    We bow down

    ===
    Psalm 17
    [8] Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

    [15] As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

    May God go before you all and continue to have His perfect way in your lives. In Jesus’ name, amen!

  • Scott

    I know exactly what you are feeling. My 7yo son was diagnosed with type 1 last year. No family history of it all all and nothing we did to cause it. I have prayed every way I know how for Jesus to take this burden off of him (let me take it God, etc. — All the stages of grief) He is the only one in his school to have it and his start to first grade and all day school nearly broke my wife and I. Nothing has every effected me so deeply. My son has done amazing well, but has had to endure more in this past year than most deal with in a lifetime.

    NOBODY outside this disease understands the continual heartache and needed vigilance of parents with children with this disease. Very few also understand why my wife and and I can no longer just get a babysitter for a night out together. I know this sounds self centered, but it is hard not to sound selfish when you are continually reminded of it. For example, yesterday my son was rejected as a rider on our life insurance policy. Foreshadowing and reminding us of what he will may just have to deal with thoughout of his life.

    We pray for either healing or a cure every moment we can for everyone dealing with type 1 diabetes. We thank Jesus in advance for taking away this horrible illness because it WILL be cured. Bart, the Spirit has spoken to both my wife and me and promised us that. We aren’t the Jesus-will-always-give-me-what-I-want kind of Christians either. We just both feel a strong conviction that Christ is in control and will resolve this in the next few years. And I’m sure you are like us…we plan on dancing in the streets when it happens! Keep Hope!

  • Eric

    Hey Bart – I greatly appreciate you sharing all of this. My son (11) was just diagnosed with type one five days ago. There hasn’t been a day that has passed that my wife and I haven’t cried. When you said your ‘heart broke in a million pieces’ describes exactly how we’ve felt. I too, join you in prayer for a cure, prayer for healing, and prayer for the strength to carry what we now must be carried.

    All I can think of is that God is in control – blessed be His name.

    I wish you every blessing!

  • Connie Stanley

    My daughter Mary was diagnosed 71/2 years ago with type 1 diabetes. She was 10 years old. You never forget the day when your healthy child is all of the sudden not so healthy any more. I remember her curled up in her hospital bed with big tears on her face, and I said to her,”Mary, this doesn’t change who you are, it just makes life a little more interesting!!” And that it has. She is now a beautiful young women with a heart for God. She never ceases to amaze me. Over the top of her bed she has her life verse beautifully written; Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not harm you plans to give you hope and a future.” Mary has taken on life to the fullest. She is a gifted musician and actress, using her talents both in her high school and church. She is also in National Honor Society, an honor roll student and wants to be a choral director. Sure, as her mom, I know the implecations of her disease- will she have children…will she need a transplant….will she have the complications that so many adults have? But I can’t go there and its hard not to….But with this disease it has to be taken a day at a time… sometimes on a bad day an hour at a time.. I still cry, I still get scared, I still say this is not fair, but when I look in my daughter’s beautiful eyes or hear her beautiful voice or watch her on stage I know Mary is Mary, and that she is not defined by her disease. Its just made life a little more interesting. Thanks to Bart for the article in Todays Christian. It was a great reminder that we as “diabetic families” are not alone!

  • sankaranainar

    hai friends my daughter name india sankaranainar.now she is one year old.she is affected with nephrotic syndrome.she is suffering lot.6 week steroid therapy has to cure her.so everybody pray for her.pass this msg to everybody.everybody prayer will recover her.

  • ridge morris

    Hi! My name is Ridge Morris. I am 8 years old. Mercyme is one of my favorite bands. I am one of your favorite fans. I heard you are the lead singer thats pretty neat! i have type 1 diabetes and I heard your son does too. I got it when I was 2 just like Sam! We just heard you on the radio this morning going to school. Then I heard you on the computer. I just wanted to write you in return for your great singing and awesome band! I will start praying for your son and I know one day he will be cured. We will all be cured in heaven! Thanks for Imagineacure.
    From Ridge Morris

  • Mike

    Bart,

    Thanks for allowing God to use you! My daughter was diagnosed (Type I) just after starting kindergarten. I can remember that day (8 years ago) like it was yesterday. We’ve been through ups and downs but my wife and I have learned so much – especially how strong our daughter is.

    She’s now on the pump and her A1C is better everytime it’s checked. We continue to trust God and pray for a cure. I can’t wait for Christ to restore all things (including diabetes)!

    Keep trusting and praying,

    Mike

  • Angela Little

    Dear Bart,
    I recently heard about your son, Sam, on our local Christian radio station. I am so excited about what you are doing to spread the news about Juvenile Diabetes.
    I was inspired to write and tell you what an impact Mercy Me has had on our family. A Mercy Me concert was the first concert that our two young children ever attended. We have been to many since, and you have long been our son, Cooper’s, favorite band. He probably knows the words to every song you have ever published. Cooper was diagnosed last October with type 1 diabetes, as well. As you know, it was a life defining moment, and God has been faithful to carry us through many difficult times. We are doing all that we can to spread the word and make people aware of this crazy disease. I just wanted you to know that the work you guys are doing is being used to minister to an 11 year old boy, living with the disease, himself. Thank you for allowing God to bless us through your music. We will pray for Sam and all the others, learning to live with a new normal. God bless you.

    Angela Little

  • Doug

    “Or the disease that has no cure” As we heard that, my wife gripped my hand even tighter as her tears began to flow. I could tell she was feeling the weight of recent events and it was at this moment that it all came rushing in again. As we stood there with a few thousand of our closest friends here in Anchorage, those words spoken during a set break cut right to the heart of the matter. As you guys flowed into “Bring the Rain” I listened intently to the lyrics unlike I had done ever before.

    Flash forward to the next day, as I flipped through the CD jacket from “All That is Within Me” the story of Sam caught my attention…I mean REALLY caught my attention. My heart broke as I read of this little boy who is fighting T1 Diabetes. I thought of the things he and his family has dealt with and is dealing with every day as they walk this road.

    As I read on to the end of the story, I found it was written by Sam’s dad Bart Millard. That name sounded vaguely familiar. Then in one of those moments where seemingly unrelated things or events mesh together and make sense…I then realized that we were at your show just the night before. You were the guy who spoke…

    Rylie and our family have been dealing with the disease for almost a year now. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last January at the age of 2. She is amazing, so tough, so resilient, even through all the shots, the finger sticks and the metabolic roller coaster that this monster of a disease has her on. Her joy is unwavering. You should see her smile; it’ll melt your heart.

    Through this, God’s hand has been so evident and He has shown himself faithful and loving even as we walk this path. From the events surrounding her diagnosis, to the awesome medical care we receive, to the generosity of the team of guys I work with The Lord has continued to amaze us at every turn. With that we are encouraged…this difficult season has strengthened our faith. We hold onto the fact that somehow…I don’t know how just yet…God will use all this to bring glory to himself…that gives us hope.

    I wanted to thank you guys for doing what you do, keep after it, and come back and see us. God is using you mightily to speak the truth through your music.

    Merry Christmas…

    Doug Widener
    Anchorage, AK

  • Michelle Bennett

    Bart,
    I want to thank you for turning your family’s personal tragedy into a positive for so many. I am a diabetic and have lost my father and all four of my grandparents to the disease. We all have type 2, but it doesn’t matter. I know first hand what living with this disease is like, and I wouldn’t want it for my children. You have been blessed with a tremendous talent and it is wonderful that you are willing to use that to not only glorify God, but to help find a cure for diabetes. I’m a teacher and I use my disease as a teaching tool for my students so that they do not become a part of the increasing problem of type 2 diabetes. We all must do our part to end this disease. Thank you again for your contribution towards finding a cure!
    Michelle Bennett
    San Antonio, Texas

  • Drew Holder

    Bart,

    As my wife, sister, and I were sitting in the upper deck of the American Airlines Center last night enjoying worship with 20,000 other people you revealed to us that your son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 2. I had never heard of imagine a cure before last night.

    I was diagnosed with Type I at the age of 3, my family and I have faced many of the challenges you are now and will continue to face. I am now 25 years old and feel I am able to manage life with Diabetes. I tell you this because I would love to be an encouragement to your son especially, but also to your family, and to many others affected with this disease. You can see a little about me and what I do @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owREvZ2CftE. My wife and I live in the Dallas area and I currently play professional baseball for the Grand Prairie AirHogs. I don’t know if your son likes baseball, but I would love to meet him and share some of our common ground – through Christ and Diabetes. I would be happy to get tickets for your family – our season starts in May.

    I would love to hear how I could possibly get involved with Imagine A Cure and hope to meet with you sometime in the near future. Please let me know what you think. God’s blessings to you.

    Drew

  • Brian

    Bart,

    I am a 36 year old that has been living with diabetes for 25 years now. I was 11 when diagonsed, but have lived a pretty normal life besides shots(now a pump), and blood testing. Diabetes has never held me back however thanks to the support of my parents. When I was young I continued to do everything my friends did I played little league, football, I ran track, and wrestled throughout my school years. To this day I have had no complications.

    I want to know if there is any way to purchase one of the imagine a cure tee shirts that you are wearing on your website.
    Continue to spread Gods word with your music your music means alot and helps me to think positively throughout the day.

    Thanks,
    Brian

  • Denise Long

    Bart,

    I understand how you have felt. My youngest son, John Mark, is 26 now and has had diabetes for 16 years. It is the hardest thing to have to see him go through this sickness. When he was first diagnosed and he started taking his shots, he asked me, “momma why do I have diabetes?” boy was that a hard one. I just answered, son I do not know but when we get to heaven Jesus will give you that answer.

    John Mark played all sports growing up and was a very, active boy.

    I have prayed for a cure also, but know that the Lord is in control and He knows what we need.

    Thanks for what you are doing.

    Denise Long

  • Yvette C Appel

    My daughter Natalie is new to type one diabetes as of September 2008. It has been a rough road for her and for me to actually has been difficult to give her the shot, especially when she cries after I have given her it. It has been an up and down hill battle with the school and with the after school programs, which are non-profit and not required to help you adminster her shot. Natalie is 8 years old and is not ready to give herself the her own shot yet, so I have to leave work to give her the shot or we have to try and time it so we can give her the NPH which is sometimes way off because of the snacks they get in between. Her levels are very high at times and then she bottoms out so she is very emotional and some of my family members think she is just acting out, but they have no clue what her body is going through or how she feels. So she really isn’t allowed to go anywhere. She finds this hard since all her other cousins are treated so much better then she is. I pray to God that he cures all our children soon!

  • Diane S.

    My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 in Dec. 2008 at 11 years old. It has been a rollercoaster ride since then. She is on the pump & that helps but there are times when I wish it was me dealing with the disease instead of my daughter. She is so strong & knows that God will work all things together for good. (Romans 8:28)
    Before this diagnosis, we had no other family members with this disease. However 10 months later, her 5 year old cousin was also diagnosed. They have been a support for each other & have a kinship now. God is good and he has plans for all these children.
    There are dark days when Cassie’s sugar numbers are continually high & I feel the stress of what that means. But I know that God holds her in his hands.
    Thank you for using your ministry by starting Imagine a Cure. I have claimed the lyrics to “Bring the Rain” many times in tne past year and half as we have went thru closing our business, bankruptcy, Type 1 diagnosis. It is thru these times that God has shown me his goodness.

  • Rhonda

    Bart,
    I heard you talking on KLove about when you found out about your son’s type 1 diabetes and you quoted a bible verse. Can you tell me which verse that was, it touched me so and I miss the end

    Rhonda

  • Peggy Reaume

    I am sorry to hear that your son has diabetes. I know what a devistating disease it can be. There is hope for a cure. I also wish to ask that any research your group may do with stem cells be done using adult stem cells as apposed to fetal stem cells.

    Aside from the fact that fetal stem cell research kills children, they do not provide any help. But there have been successes with adult stem cells. And I join you in prayer that an cure for diabetes will be found using these types (adult stem cells) of research.

    God is in control. God is good! Of course, I don’t need to tell you that! Your songs encourage me and I listen to your CDs so much that I have to clean them all the time to keep them playing.

    My husband asked me one day why I seemed to only have trouble with the “Mercy Me” CDs. I told him that it was because I listen to them so much.

    God bless you all; and your ministry. Keep the faith.

    Yours in Christ
    Peggy

  • Kaitlin Johnston

    When I heard your story at a concert in Las Vegas icried my eyes out. I feel for you and your son. I have had type 1 diabetes for 14 years and my life has spiraled in many directions. Your prayers are what he needs and what you need. Don’t give up on a cure ever. Don’t look over the smallest new technology. There will always be Christ to help you.

    Don’t lose hope <

    Your sister in Chirst,
    Kaitlin

  • jeff

    Can you please tell me the verse you said on k love after you told the story about your son please I missed part of it and really want to look it up thanks and your son is in our prayers

  • Jessica

    I totally understand your pain. My middle daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in July of 2008 two weeks after her 5th birthday. Nothing hurts more when your child looks up at you with such sad eyes and says to you “why do I have to do this” when she is testing her blood sugar for what seems like the millionth time that day and all you can say is that there is a reason for everything. Our comfort rest with Jesus when one day our children will be in Heaven without having to worry about shots, calories, carbs and blood sugars.

    My family and I have started a team for the JDRF and this will be our second year walking to find a cure. I was so excited to see that the Rock & Worship Road Tour is raising money to help to find a cure for Diabetes. I told my daughter and she was so excited.

    You and every other parent are in my prayers

  • Leta

    We were so excited to come and see you at the Rock and Worship road show in Phoenix, but we ended up in the hospital 2 weeks before where my 5 year old daughter was admitted to ICU and diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Our lives felt upside down. I knew nothing about this disease prior to her diagnosis. I was very overwhelmed and thought I wouldn’t make the trip down to see the concert. A day before the concert I decided I really needed to bring my older daughter (12), very little is important to her and she was excited for months about the concert. On the way down, I found out that it was in part to raise money for Imagine A Cure and I just couldn’t believe God’s timing. I cried and cried, I am so thankful for what you’re doing.
    Blessings,
    Leta

  • Heleeena

    My daughter was diagnosed at age 9 over two years ago, we still pray for a cure and we know that the only way we have been able to overcome the many obstacles is because of our faith.  She has raised over $300 dollars since then both for JDRF and the Domenigoni Ranch Ride in Temecula, CA.   I have seen you in concert with Mercy Me twice and did not know you also had a precious child with the same disease.  I can still remember how my day turned upside down in less then twenty minutes.   We will be at the Rock and Worship Road show in Ontario for sure and will do all I can to support this cause for cure! 

    I tell my daughter that God does hear our prayers and will heal her, we just don’t know on which side of heaven that will happen….Helena

  • Carri

    I cannot express to you my deepest gratitude of your ministry. We, too, have a daughter diagnosed at age 1 with Type I diabetes. Told as she was being strapped to a gurney to travel via air to our Children’s Hospital in Birmingham that we were lucky that she was even alive with a blood glucose level of 914. Praising Jesus today as we celebrate the 3rd year of her diagnose and what a blessing she is to our lives!

  • Carri

    I cannot express to you my deepest gratitude of your ministry. We, too, have a daughter diagnosed at age 1 with Type I diabetes. Told as she was being strapped to a gurney to travel via air to our Children’s Hospital in Birmingham that we were lucky that she was even alive with a blood glucose level of 914. Praising Jesus today as we celebrate the 3rd year of her diagnose and what a blessing she is to our lives!

  • SP Graham

    My precious son was diagnosed at 10 (now nearly 14) and I am so thankful for all that you do in working for a cure. I remember being at a MercyMe concert where you were raising money for a cure, and I didn’t really know (truly) what Type 1 was all about back then. Boy do I know now. Kids living with this disease are amazing. Strong and amazing. I pray daily for a cure. Keep fighting for it!

  • Sylvia @ParentingDiabetes.com

    I just found this out about your son. I hope by now you have found your “new normal” though it is still difficult to live with and manage. Two out of my three children were diagnosed in 2006 and that was one of the worst years of my life. I wish I had this song back then. I have learned that we must praise God no matter what, that God gives us strength in our trials, and that God can bring good out of the bad. I have become a CDE and minister to hurting families when they are diagnosed. I try to show God’s light in the midst of their darkness and show them He is still there and they will make it. Thank you for sharing your story and your song.

  • thompson0673

    It is a life we didn’t want. It is a life we were unfamiliar with. And yet, I remember telling my 12 year old son that God had chosen us for this journey because He knew our faith was strong. He knew we would do our best to see His provision and that we would gratefully share this with others.

  • Amelia Furman

    The first time I heard , “Even If” while driving in my car, I felt shivers. This was a song that I needed to hear. I love the honesty of it. My husband later told me the story behind the writing of the piece, that it was composed after a moment of realization that your son was never going to get better. I know this feeling all too well. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic since I’ve been five (so….that’s like 30 years now! holy cow!) and I remember my parents facing this reality and then later myself. We tried just about everything to “cure” my diabetes from a vegan diet to herbal supplements to new technology. I didn’t want this and neither did my parents, but now that I’m on the other side of that pain and confusion, I have come to terms with my chronic condition and see how God has used it to shape me. I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand why I was chosen to deal with this disease, but I can now confidently say that even if I do deal with this the rest of my life (and the chances are good I will), MY God is still able, and He is good… It is well with my soul. Thanks for sharing this song. It heals something in me each time I hear it. As an artist, I have done some work for JDRF. I created a piece of art for one of their many auctions and it is called a “Hope for a Cure.” (https://www.ameliafurman.com/commissions?lightbox=dataItem-izhsat9b) The collage under the painting features T1D kiddos sharing their drawings and words in regards to what a cure would mean for them. It was a wonderful project and it helped raise a lot of research dollars. Thanks for teaming up with such a great organization. Keep up the great work and let your sweet boy know that it will be ok. I want to give him a big old hug since I know what it is like to grow up as a diabetic.

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