It is my sincerest hope that this gorgeous, and beautiful face, will change the world that she will never see. This is Reegan. In 2013, at the age of 16 months, Reegan lost her battle on a diagnosis that was never known. By time that diagnosis was discovered, the damage was done and eventually Reegan lost her battle and passed away.
Reegan’s blood sugar was up over 1100.
I have written before about the many people who have faced such incredible hardship, such incredible obstacles, and yet, still stood up to say that diabetes WILL NOT DO in this world. Especially when the rest of the world would fully understand if one just crawled in a hole due to the incredible amount of pain.
But to Reegan’s mother, Darice, DIABETES JUST WILL NOT do. She is trying to make sense out of why such a beautiful child was taken so young. Darice is a strong woman, a woman of faith. She cannot do anything to change what has happened, but she is on a mission to make sure it never happens again. Her Reegan’s Rule will attempt change in her home state of North Carolina……..and THAT is only the beginning.
Darice and I spoke, at length, and I’m convinced that my Child’s Cry for Change initiative about educating the world about flu/virus symptoms masking the onset of Type 1 Diabetes; and Darice’s Reegan’s Rule have the exact same objectives and we will join together to making a difference in Reegan’s name.
I have followed up on Darice’s contacts and reached out to the Legislatures in North Carolina who are taking Reegan’s Rule to their Capitol. Reegan’s Rule will get larger in scope as we include various education initiatives in Reegan’s name under the Reegan’s Rule banner, that makes sense to do.
I will continue this mission and will continue with Darice and her family. If we can get it done in North Carolina, we can get it done elsewhere. I will continue working with others like the National Association of School Nurses and others. More will follow, and if you want to get involved, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to help their family NOW, sign this petition to get a law passed for kids to be tested at check-ups. It’s a start; and much more will follow.
We need to do anything we can to make sure flu/virus like symptoms are not masking the onset for T1 Diabetes (or even for T2 Diabetes). A diagnosed cannot be missed while a child is in DKA when it is mistaken for the flu or a virus.
We will do all we can to change that in this country. It might be a law, it might be an initiative, it might be a movement…………………….but IT SURELY will be:
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