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I’m writing this passage on behalf of my aunt Rebecca (Becky) Briggs-Lecker, I am her 18 year old niece and I want everyone to understand how diabetes has not only changed Becky’s life
but the lives of the ones around her as well; and how hard it is to stand by and watch the pain knowing that you personally are not a doctor with fancy tools and that all you can do is hope
and pray for Becky to wake up each and every day feeling strong and able to live the life god blessed her with. This journey all began on May 5th 1983, at age 12 Becky was diagnosed with
type 1 diabetes (A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin). This means that starting at age 12 Becky not only had to worry about the average things going on in
an adolescence life like birthday parties and school events, but all of a sudden she needed to be more than aware of her blood sugar at all times. Before Becky even reached her teen years she
was being poked with needles day in and day out to help balance her blood sugar levels. The drop in blood sugar causes Becky to have seizures, and as a result these seizures have caused
car accidents and hundreds of hospital visits, as well as damage to the brain.. These seizures are not a rare occurrence for Becky and I have seen them with my own eyes numerous times. I
have grown to recognize the look in my aunt’s eyes when her blood is low. Despite the many hospital visits and long days/
nights of feeling weak, the one thing that always makes Becky press on and be happy is the family she has. In fact, in 2005 Becky and her husband Scott decided to have a child; however
due to Becky being such a brittle diabetic she could not carry her own child. Kelly Greene, Becky’s cousin, agreed to be the surrogate mother for Becky/Scott and soon enough our
family was blessed with the bright beautiful smile of Kelly Lecker.
On May 25th, 2010, Becky had a Kidney Transplant, a miracle match that our family is thankful for every day. This surgery took place in L.A. Three years later it was back to the hospital on for a hysterectomy, and a year after that on 11/1/14, Becky had to get a feeding tube put in due not being able to keep anything down. Becky fell sick again due to Gastroparesis, (A condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper stomach emptying) this caused Becky to be bed ridden through the holidays. This torture lasted all the way into the new year only to finally end in 3/16. Now, Becky is in need of a pancreas transplant and there is no telling the road ahead for Becky and our family.