Thirteen years ago Friday, our daughter disconnected her insulin pump for the last time — an unexpected and breathtaking miracle. Her story spread across the globe, changing the lives of many who discovered that they, too, have a rare kind of diabetes — one that freed them from dependence on insulin. These people have become family.
Insulin was Lilly’s lifeline from the time she was 1 month old and diagnosed with what doctors only knew to call Type 1 diabetes. My husband, Mike, and I were devastated, but we quickly shifted gears to care for her. We learned how to prick her tiny heels to test her blood sugar, monitor her carbohydrate intake and give her insulin shots, day and night. It was a daunting job. We prayed and began to work for a cure.