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Abby Gerrish
Diagnosed June 26, 2000

Abby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the tender age of 22 months on June 26, 2000 and spent 5 days in the hospital. She is now 4 years old and will begin pump therapy classes on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 after 2 years of 2-3 shots a day. The insulin pump will now be Abby's "life support system" until there is a cure.

We pray for the day that Abby will know what living without diabetes is like. Since she was diagnosed so young, that is all she knows and is used to her finger pokes and shots and counting carbs. Her "conversations" with her toys soon changed after her diagnosis and now every stuffed animal and doll has diabetes and takes shots. Abby lives in San Antonio, TX and has two older brothers, Jason and Kevin; and a miniature dachshund named Skittles.

A BIG thank-you to Grandma Bennett for her help in making this quilt possible, we couldn't have done it without her! Also a special "Thank-you" to her Aunt Denise and Aunt Bev and all of my husband's family members for always asking how Abby is doing and making her feel so loved. It really means a lot to our family to know we have people who do truly care and join with us in praying for a cure for Abby and everyone who has diabetes.

Quilt made by Grandma Bennett in Iowa. Thanks Grandma!

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