Ruth (my Mom) Avery (my son)
In Loving Memory of Grammy... Grace McWilliams
My name is Rob and I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2006. Diabetes has affected several of my family members but two have had drastic impacts on me:
My grandmother, Grace McWilliams,with whom I spent most of my childhood years, lost the battle to diabetes that included amputations before her passing. Some of my earliest childhood memories are helping Grammy put on her wooden leg before breakfast. I also remember watching my aunt stick the insulin needle into her arm. I didn't understand it. I just knew that she was sick. I was staying with my grandmother the night that she passed. I was 9 years old.
My mom had a terrible 20+ year struggle with diabetes. She finally had her right leg amputated in February 2006 after losing a battle with an infection that would not heal due to decreased blood circulation, a serious complication of diabetes (I was diagnosed about 6 months after her leg amputation). She struggled with infection in her left leg for over a year which resulted in the loss of that leg as well. She was a double amputee resulting from complications from this horrible disease. She endured numerous eye surgeries and also battled neuropathy (sensory nerve damage). In the last 9 months of her life she suffered tremendous heart and kidney complications as well. Her kidneys finally gave out and was placed on Dialysis. In addition to this she had a very close call with heart complications and she had to have a pacemaker put in. She was in a daily struggle just to keep going and somehow she continued to fight through everything. On December 16th, 2014 my Mom finally lost her battle with diabetes. So as you can see, my fight against diabetes is very personal and now hopefully you understand why I am Running for Ruth.