After surgery to control her spine’s scoliosis, Caroline and Mike were in the recovery room listening to a nurse recite risk factors following the type of procedure she had just undergone. Caroline was awake and listening to the news that possible paralysis could result. Mike reached under the cover to pull up her limp arm and let it drop dramatically for the nurse to see. “She can’t move her arm,” he said. “Oh my God,” the nurse responded with concern … for just a second. “Then I laughed, she laughed and so did Caroline.”
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Last October in 2016, Caroline was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes, a diagnosis that sends most parents into fear and confusion, for good reason. But Mike and Jodi aren’t most parents, of course. “We were being offered counseling for managing this new piece” of her complicated care, Mike recalls, “It’s not funny but we both said, ‘Nah, we’re all right with this.’” They laugh about the fact that juvenile diabetes was not going to drag them or Caroline down. They were just going to throw a few more shots, medications, devices, special diets, high and low blood sugar levels “on top of this mix we have now. We’ve gotten used to it this past year and can eyeball her to know what’s going on, if her sugar levels are up or down,” Mike says.  Learn More

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