My father was born on May 23, 1942. He grew up in Ridgewood NY with his parents and brother. He enlisted in the navy when he was around 19 years old. Not long after he was discharged, he wound up in the hospital sick and had lost 25 pounds. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at this time in 1966. He married my mother in 1971 and a few years later they had me and my twin sister.
His diabetes life was a rough one. He was diagnosed and had to manage his BG at a time when there wasn’t much in terms of technology. In the 80’s he started with retinopathy and had numerous procedures over the years. He had neuropathy in his legs and hands. In 1997 he had vascular surgery on both legs, one leading to an amputation. After that he encountered problems with his kidneys, and had multiple heart attacks. He had congestive heart failure as well. He was in and out of the hospital a lot the last few years of his life. And I hate so much to remember that he suffered so much. His last hospital stay lasted almost a month. He had dialysis a couple of times but decided he didn’t want to go though that. It wasn’t long after that, that his heart gave out and he was called to heaven. My memory is not the best but I remember the last day with him like it was yesterday. He knew his time had come. He had diabetes for 37 years and it took his life. Even before he passed away. I loathe diabetes for this very reason.
But the memories of him will always be with me. I danced with him at my wedding to “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill. Little did I know at the time it would be the perfect song since he would be gone just 3 months later. I love my Daddy very much and admire him for keeping up the fight despite all he went through. RIP 7/30/03.
This blog is dedicated to my father. He was taken from this life way too soon because of diabetes complications. I think of him and miss him every single day.