Philip, it’s been four years. Four years since your diagnosis. Four years since I stayed up all-night-long watching an Intervention marathon in your hospital room and thought, “it could be worse…he could be using those syringes for something other than insulin, and that would break my heart.”
From that very first day, I’ve marveled at the way you’ve handled this disease. It does not own you. It does not control you. It does not define you…still, it is a large part of who you are. This year I’ve seen such enormous growth in you, Philip. You have taken major ownership and become proactive in your care. You are more willing to listen and learn when it comes to this disease. You have become a role model, friend and encourager to others walking this same road. This “Affliction” has brought much heartache and pain, but I believe it has also helped make you more caring, empathetic, determined, brave, and responsible. This disease was inevitably going to shape you…I’m just thankful (by God’s grace) you’re allowing it to mold you into a well-adjusted, strong and successful young man.
Thanks for being such an incredible son and awesome kid!
I love you,