Elise and I were shopping at Target today (me, at Target? Nooooo), and I was scoping out the Valentine's clearance. Because let's face it, if there's one thing I don't eat enough of, it's chocolate. For some reason I get into a conversation with another customer about sugar-free candy. She tells me that she's a diabetic. And for some reason I feel compelled to tell her about Elise.
Another lady, further down the aisle overhears and comes over to talk to me. The way she starts asking questions, it's obvious that she's familiar with Diabetes. It turns out she used to be a sales rep for Lantus (a type of insulin). She asks if I've gotten in touch with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). I told her that we haven't, mostly because they don't see a lot of kids Elise's age with Diabetes and I didn't find much experience or help from them.
She proceeds to tell me about this adorable little girl that she saw at a diabetes function back in October. She thought she was about 18 months old and had diabetes. I start grinning and ask her if the function was in Plano. She replied yes. I start to laugh and tell her that it WAS Elise that she saw! We both had a good chuckle over that.
I told her about Team Elise, and she was said that she still tries to be involved with the JDRF and said that if she's not walking for another team, she'd love to be a part of Team Elise for the upcoming Walk for a Cure. How cool is that?
It was just a huge blessing to me to meet someone who doesn't even know Elise, but was obviously touched by her. It is my hope that Elise's story will continue to affect people and raise awareness about Diabetes. What an amazing little girl my daughter is!
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