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Laurie Puterman

Laurie Puterman

My name is Laurie Puterman,

For the past ten years I have been juggling many different roles, my principal role has been that of a pancreas. A pancreas you ask? Well, I’ll explain. Up until 2011 my dear husband and five children were living the normal hustle and bustle of what we call LIFE. Pregnant with our sixth bundle of joy our spunky four year old daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes. Type one diabetes is a chronic illness that disrupts the ability of the pancreas to produce and secrete insulin. My husband and I now had an added role to our list, trying to mimic the pancreas as best we could. Not an easy feat! Our daughter needed constant blood glucose checks ( 24/7, diabetes never sleeps) as well as multiple daily insulin injections. Normalcy in our home was wiped out instantaneously, and replaced by feelings of anger, isolation, fear and despair. Needless to say when our second diagnosis came along two years ago, this time our 15 year old daughter, we felt like we had just slammed into a brick wall. The pain was raw and with it we knew we needed to make some drastic changes as the pain was too great to contain. We took small steps, everyday citing things we were grateful for (sometimes, for me, it was just being able to do the dishes that day), pushing ourselves to laugh a bit more and play a little longer.
No parent is spared the heart wrenching pain that comes with a diagnosis of an illness, no matter the degree. One that has not gone through this experience can not truly relate, interestingly enough an instant bond is forged right when we meet other parents of kids who have type one diabetes. No words need to be exchanged, just a smile, a nod and often enough a hug and the mutual understanding is evident. I believe that is what Chai Lifeline is all about. A sense of community, sharing, support and not allowing anyone to feel that they are alone in their journey. This helps us all feel a bit lighter and empowers us to make lemonade when life gives us lemons!
When I participate in the half marathon in Miami on Feb 9th; I will be walking in honor of my two type one Diabetes warrior daughters! They have taught us strength, beauty and resilience. They have taught us courage, laughter and joy! We are so proud of them and are looking forward to seeing what they will accomplish in their lives!

Dream big! Live big! We love you!

Love the Puterman family

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