The Big Story

At the age  7 Adrain was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. He was in and out of the hospital numerous times in his life battling this disease.  In April 2011 Adrain fell into a Diabetic coma for approximately 2 days. His blood sugar levels (the concentration of glucose in the blood), were too high to read. When he regained consciousness he learned that he could no longer walk. He had no feeling in both legs from the knee down. Test results revealed that he had suffered a mild stroke as well, which left him unable to walk. The name of this condition is called Guillain-Barre Syndrome, pronounced ghee-yan-bah-ray is a neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the Peripheral Nervous System. (Temporary Paralyzation). This left him confined to a wheelchair for years to come. Our family also learned that Adrain was in need of a kidney and had been placed on the transplant list to receive one. While waiting on his kidney he had to receive dialysis treatments 3-5 days a week for 8 hours a day and did so for a couple of years. On May 21, 2013 we received the best phone call ever, it was a nurse on the other end  saying "Adrain can you please hurry to the hospital we have a kidney and a pancreas waiting for you"? Adrain was a little scared because it was a sudden change in his plans for that day.  That night around 8pm Adrain was getting prep to have surgery.

The surgery took 9 hours and on May 22, 2013 he was alert and well. The life long  journey of battling Juvenile Diabetes was over for  Adrain, he was free of this disease but still had to be monitored by a physician as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle. June 2013 was approaching and  It was almost  a month since Adrain had received his transpalnt. He was due to get a full check-up to see how his body was reacting to his new kidney and pancreas. His results showed that everything was looking great inside and out.  Adrain was told to eat whatever he wanted and enjoy life but make sure he keep it healthy. The very next day Adrain decided to visit all his friends and family. His best friend drove him to all of his destinations for a full day of fun and laughter.  A day later Adrain complained that his stomach was hurting to the point that he could not sit up.   He was rushed and and admitted to the hospital. His intestines had a bowel blockage. Adrain was in need of another surgery. He was suppose to undergo surgery on June 30, 2013 to unblock his intestines but Adrain did not make it to his surgery, he passed away on June 30, 2013.  In honor of Adrain I have selected myself to become the best educator  to raise awareness to those who share similar stories as well as those who are suffering and need a little guidance with their journey with Juvenile Diabetes.