His foot came off Nov. 20, 2010. I'm his mother and I've been a diabetic since I was 22 yrs old,I am now 54. TJ was diagnosed when he was 12, he is now 32. 20 years ago he was regulated on insulin at Riley''s Children's hospital in Indianapolis, IN. We went through diabetic classes. He stayed at the hospital for a week with other children that were going through the same thing. Before we went home, his dr had a meeting with us. He said that in all likely circumstances, TJ would probably be on dialysis by age 30. Even with proper maintenance, diabetes is a chronic, progressive, disease.
I want to help other people who think that if they don't admit they have this disease, they won't fall prey to the complications that it can entail.
WhenI made a plea a couple of days ago on the website for someone who had experience in amputations, I got no response. Well, I am going to document my son's experiences as he goes through them, in the hope that someone else can benifit.
In the future, TJ will have to learn to walk without his foot, go on dialysis, learn to walk with a prosthesis, go back to living independently on his own.
It is a journey that will take the rest of his life to make and I want to see if I can't get some company for him and anyone else who might want to join him.
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