A new medical journey


 Today we received surreal news. Our daughter Adelyn (15) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Normally in our household, anytime we mention the word “medical,” we are updating family and friends about Carolyn’s health journey.It was an aha moment because she had been exhibiting several of the typical symptoms for diabetes, especially over the past week. However, you’re never really ready to begin a new health chapter so suddenly.

Within minutes of her doctor giving her that diagnosis, she was admitted to the local hospital to get her blood sugar levels back into a healthy range. After doing bloodwork again at the hospital, they decided to admit her to ICU overnight.

Even in the midst of a hectic afternoon, we are extremely grateful already for support, prayers, and expressions of kindness. 

On this day...


  1. vanessa says:
    Praying for y’all! If there is anything we can help with, please don’t hesitate to ask!
  2. Jolyn Cates says:
    Prayers for you all.
  3. Lora Parnell says:
    Jeff and Carolyn, I learned about this latest challenge from Marylee today. First, I want you to know that I really hate that you all are having another challenge to deal with! But, second, I want to congratulate you on your positive attitude! (I wouldn’t have expected anything less, however!) Making lemonade when life gives you lemons is what I would expect from you all — even if you do have to make sure you use Appends! As an insulin-dependent diabetic also, I can assure you that there are worse things in life. That is, if you take care of yourself! You all, including Adelyn, are all smart and well-centered. With God’s help, you will master this. There are lots of new things like insulin pumps and relaxed dietary rules that make it easier to live with. I’m just so glad that she has something treatable! I will be keeping Adelyn in my prayers. But, know that you all will not be giving up your place in my prayer time! I will keep you there in your spot and just add Adelyn to the lineup! Not wanting Sam to feel left out, I planned to add him soon anyway as he goes off to college.
    Again, you all are to be congratulated on you positive attitudes in dealing with this!
    Much love to you all! Lora
  4. Lora Parnell says:
    Stupid autoSpell changed Splenda to Appends! Sounds like adult diapers to me. Oh, no, that’s Depends. Don’t think she’ll need those!
  5. Carolyn says:
    So sorry to hear this news. Tell sweet Adelyn we’re praying for her and for all of you as you learn how to handle this new lifestyle. Love y’all.

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