Before there was a “Reegan’s Rule”, there was a family. A family, who had all of the dreams any family does. They are a family of faith. They are a family of love. I have never been through anything like what they have been through, and am not sure how I would handle such a tragedy. I am not so sure I would be as full of love as they are, and have been, through everything they have been through.
In the time that I have worked with Reegan’s mom, the discussion started out as her needing help, it surely ended up differently; for Reegan’s Family helped us. They taught us. They taught us that grace by no means reflects weakness. They taught us that faith in what you believe is so much more powerful than defeat. They taught us that pain can be used to drive an initiative as much as, or even more so, than knowledge. They taught us that the word ‘no’ is not an option. They chose to ‘not do nothing’.
Reegan’s mommy sent me the following which I humbly share with you. I’m not sure if she visits the websites where this will be posted so please, and I hope you do, let them know your feelings by replying on this site so they can be sure to read all of your feelings in one location. Here is the letter, to the diabetes community, from Little Reegan’s Mommy.
We cried out to God, please Lord we need to know you are in this situation. Send us a sign that you’re in the midst and that’s when we noticed it. The bruise she received earlier which was under her fingernail had turned into a winky-face.
At the time we accepted it as God saying; “I’m here and I am in control.” Little did we know that this winky -face would be a symbol of things to come. Reegan fought through over 20 procedures for 6 weeks when God decided to call her to Heaven.
In my brokenness I heard what she said and those words started haunting me about 6 months later. All I could think to myself was, “God, if this has happened to us, it has had to have happened to someone else.” We did not want anyone else to ‘walk through this”, so we started Reegan’s Rule Petition on Change.org and her page on Facebook.
We were amazed at all of the contacts from parents that had diabetic children that had the same story as us or very similar to it. God gave us that wink and it was a semi colon; which means something comes after this. This is not the end! And two years and 9 days after the day she passed. Her law was passed. Who but God?
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