TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Kindra Stays Positive About Diabetes

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 4. It was the toughest time in mine and my family’s life, as it is for all children and the people who love them. One of my hardest times was in the hospital. It was hard for me to understand that every shot and finger poke was not the last one. That this was now a part of my new
life. I looked at my mom with big tears in my eyes and said Mom, I can’t do this and my Mom replied with bigger tears in her eyes and said Yes, you can and I have!

That was 10 years ago and now I am a healthy and happy 13 year old girl. I am a great student and gets good grades, I dances in competitions and have won numerous rewards, I love to be involved in the diabetic community doing the JDRF walks and attending the FCYD camps. And working with my mom and her club meeting with newly diagnosed kids at the hospital. And if you asked me today if I minds having diabetes, I will say, not really…

Kindra

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: A Mother & Daughter Diabetes Support Team

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 4. It was the toughest time in mine and my family’s life, as it is for all children and the people who love them. One of my hardest times was in the hospital. It was hard for me to understand that every shot and finger poke was not the last one. That this was now a part of my new life. I looked at my mom with big tears in my eyes and said “Mom, I can’t do this,” and my Mom replied with bigger tears in her eyes and said “Yes, you can!” And I have!

That was 10 years ago and now I am a healthy and happy 13 year old girl. I Am a great student and gets good grades, I dances in competitions and have won numerous rewards, I loves to be involved in the diabetic community doing the JDRF walks and attending the FCYD camps. And working with my mom and her club meeting with newly diagnosed kids at the hospital. And if you asked me today if I minds having diabetes, I will say, not really…..

Kindra and her mom Karri

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Paige Builds Lasting Friendships At Diabetes Camp

I can’t thank Bret Michaels and the Life Rocks Foundation enough for sending me to diabetes camp last summer (2013). Camp is the one thing I look forward to all year. For me camp is better than Christmas or birthdays or any other holiday. Camp is a time for me to see my friends that I’ve made there, to do fun activities, have fun, and for once feel like a “normal” kid. Since everyone at camp has diabetes, you no longer have to be embarrassed or feel like an outcast because everyone there is the same as you. Over the years, my camp friends no longer just feel like friends, they feel like family and without camp, I would have never met them.

My camp friends now come to my house and stay for weeks at a time and I visit them as well, so we keep our friendships going throughout the year and not just a week at camp. Along with making friends, we do different activities everyday. Some activities we do are: swimming, jet skiing, tubing, boating, rock climbing, high ropes, archery, paintball, dodge ball, volleyball, horseback riding, and many others. My favorite activities are jet skiing, and the high ropes. Every year when camp is over we cry saying goodbye to our new and old friends and are already waiting for next year to come.

Thank you for making all this possible.

Paige

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Marsha’s Story

Last August I was able to take my daughter to see Bret at Hampton Beach in NH. We were lucky enough to get his autographed hat & on his bus, it was the absolute best night of my life. I have admired Bret for so long and I absolutely adore, admire, respect & find strength through him and his music. That 20 mins he gave us his full attention, I was in such shock I could hardly talk. 2 weeks after I had 2 heart attacks in 1 day, I laid in ICU for 5 days and on my phone listened to Bret’s music and looked at his pics knowing all he has gone through and has fought, I found hope & strength. I was transported to MA General released 6 days later the pics I have from on the bus made me cry & smile every day. I have heart surgery for my A Fib and since then I have had severe blackouts just recently I had a bad one and fractured my skull, my brain is bleeding, I have a severe concussion and an acute concussion in my ear. With being on blood thinners the doctors say I am lucky to be alive, I know I am and there is not a day that goes by that somehow I find strength by something Bret does, or a song or just looking at his picture. Bret you are the most genuine, realistic, strong, beautiful hearted person ever and I want to thank you for everything you do and all the hope you give me & every one else! My parents know how much you mean to me so they have already bought my tickets to see you in May at Palace Theater in Manchester, NH I cannot wait! Hopefully I get close enough to receive another hug from you. I spray my pillows every night with your cologne, it smells absolutely amazing! I can’t tell you enough what you do for me on a daily basis just know I am your #1 fan some people say I’m a little too obsessed, I do not find that possible.

Marsha

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Don’t miss Bret Michaels’ episode of Oprah’s Lifeclass on April 2nd on Oprah.com where he will perform “A Beautiful Soul”!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Michelle Finds Inspiration In Bret

This is an update to how I am doing. We are 30 days from you performing at the Pima county fair in Tucson, AZ. I recently told you I have degenerative disc disease and degenerative spinal arthritis. I had back surgery 3 weeks ago and I’ve been doing all my exercises and walking around 2 miles each day. So far in the past month and a half I have lost 28 pounds and I can fit into my new dress I got just for this concert. I have one month to go and I hope to lose another 10-12 pounds before the concert. I thank you for coming back to Arizona and giving this gal something to believe in. I can’t wait to see you in person and hope you will sing my favorite song, Unskinny Bop!

Thank you for being an inspiration to so many, me especially!

Michelle

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Rylan Looks Forward To Diabetes Camp

Hi Bret!

This is Rylan, I have type 1 diabetes my and my grandma has it too. Camp is one of the most fun things. Not only to help with my diabetes and seizures, but my mom has been missing for almost 2 years and camp is one place I can go to stop thinking about it. All my friends are there so it’s nice to go and see them too. Thank you for sending me to diabetes camp this year!

Rylan

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Rebecca Realizes The Importance Of Diabetes Camp

Rebecca will sacrifice everything to attend Camp Kudzu for a week in the summer. Camp Kudzu is for diabetics only. Rebecca, now 15 years old insists that camp is the only place she feels normal. Every camper takes insulin, counts carbs and checks blood sugar. Diabetes does not hinder the craziness and fun of camp; plus there are no parents hovering over her.

As for the rest of our family, we are incredibly thankful for Bret Michaels and the Life Rocks Foundation for offering scholarships for camp. With medical expenses rising each year, the cost of camp is difficult to pay. The constant finger pricks and injections that our brave child deals with daily makes the thought of denying her the opportunity to feel ‘normal’ absolutely too tragic to bear.

Bret Michaels and Life Rocks, you have blessed our family more than you know!

Barbara and Bruce

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Our daughter Rebecca

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Sam Finds Inspiration In Bret To Fight Diabetes

I am Samantha, I have been diabetic now for 30years, type 1 so I’ve had my share of illness. I am riddled with Neuropathy now the recent being Autonomic Neuropathy, I have worked in radio for 22 years of my life and loved it with such passion, but since getting Neuropathic joint disease in 2009 and my bones in my legs just crumbling I have been unable to work for the past 2 years. Through many long operations and metal skewers through my legs I have fought to save both my legs from amputation and last year I walked again even though fun could be had with a wheelchair, zooming down slopes etc lol. Anyway I am not writing this for sympathy, I just wanted to thank you Bret , as since I was a teenager many moons ago now, I have listened to your music and over the past few years you have spurred me on to dust myself down and carry on. Your music has been an inspiration to me and I have followed your life since I found out in my teens you had diabetes too. I felt back then as though if you could lead a rock star life with it there was hope I could have a normal life and carry on. So I did a rock chick thing working in radio loving every minute of it, these days I have those great memories to look back on and as my mum calls it burning the candle at both ends partying and working lol.

As I have said your music has kept me going for years and I just wanted to write to say thank you. Sending you a big hug and as we British say “onwards and upwards old chap!” Lol

Keep well and keep rocking!

Your ever faithful fan and fellow Diabetic Sam!

Samantha Rawstron

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: A Daughter’s Diabetic Doll Petition

In August of last year we started noticing a change in our 11 year old daughter. She was very cranky and others commented on how much water she was drinking. She was always complaining that she didn’t feel well often and began snapping at her family. We blamed it on hormones and hoped she would go back to her happy self soon. When we left for a week vacation to go to my brother’s wedding in Colorado I was shocked how many times we had stop for her to go to the bathroom on that long road trip. In South Dakota we stopped to eat and she began throwing up for an hour and we ended up having to get a hotel room. How we got there and through that week in Colorado I don’t know. She slept a lot of the time and whined that she didn’t feel the rest of time. On the day of my brother’s wedding her pants were falling off her because she had lots so much weight and she looked very gaunt. I am not sure how we made it home ok, but we did. The day after we got back I took her into the doctor’s office convinced she had a bladder infection. I remember the nurse practitioner saying that there was sugar in her urine and she had lost 20 pounds. She informed me that my daughter needed to get blood drawn and immediately go to another hospital 1.5 hours from our home. It was all a world wind. My daughter was crying because she thought she was dying, my 9 year old son because he thought his sister was dying, and I crying because I was just scared. It’s amazing how your life can change in a moment. At the hospital they informed us that the blood test came back and her blood sugar level was at 900. She was immediately admitted into the hospital. The next 24 hours were filled with blood glucoses checks, insulin shots, no sleep, and lots of education. It has been so amazing to see my daughter step up to the challenge though. She went from being deathly afraid of shots to giving herself shots in a matter of a week. As her blood sugars improved we got our energetic happy child back again. It has been a hard adjustment . Some days she get frustrated and angry with diabetes. Sometimes she even has trouble sleeping because she is afraid that she is going to go to sleep, go low in the middle of the night, and not wake up. Thankfully there are more good days than bad and each day it seems to be getting a little easier. We like to focus on those days instead of the bad ones.

One of the things that helped her during this time has been getting two American Girl dolls for Christmas. One of the dolls is one that is supposed to look like her. Looking through the catalog she saw that American Girl had service dogs, glasses, hearing aids, braces, wheelchairs, and food allergy lunches, but didn’t have anything for diabetics. She wanted a doll that really was just like her and was tired of being different. Then she saw an online petition on change.org and asked if she could write a petition to get American Girl to make diabetic supplies and insulin pumps for their dolls. I thought it was a great idea and encouraged her. After all you can’t change anything if you don’t try. Starting this petition has brought her such joy and lifted her spirits. She was really excited when her story was featured on national news stations. The outpouring of support and messages from all over the world has been so encouraging to her during this tough time. Our whole family is behind her and we know that this will become reality. Diabetes is touching everyone lives and currently there are 371 million people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes worldwide and that number is expected to rise to 552 million people by the year 2030. We feel like these accessories would not only benefit diabetic girls, but also the millions of girls who have a sibling or loved one with diabetes and fit in perfectly with the American Girl brand. Our vision goes beyond American Girl just making diabetic accessories. We would like to raise money so that we can donate as many of these accessories as possible to newly diagnosed girls in the hospital. We want them to feel special and know that they are not alone especially during that very difficult time of just being diagnosed. When my daughter got diagnosed they sent home with only boring educational books and nothing fun or comforting. We just starting creating care packages for newly diagnosed boys and girls called Boxes of Joy for Diabetics filled with stuffed animals, a fleece blanket, medical alert necklaces, food scale, kids books featuring diabetic characters, a sharps containers, collapsible measuring cups and more.

On October 4th our JDRF chapter is hosting a Walk to Cure Diabetes event in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. We decided to set a big goal this year. We are looking to make JDRF history with the largest family walk team ever. We are hoping to get 300 walkers to participate and raise $100,000. It is exciting to see everything falling in to place and we have already gotten a national company to sponsor us.

Thank you for all the encouraging stories you post on your website. It is so comforting to see other handling hardships in a positive way and always lift my spirits.

With a grateful heart,
Ingrid

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Breast Cancer Can Stick It

I met Bret Michaels at Billy Bob’s in Texas and got the chance to meet him and talk to him about Breast Cancer Can Stick It, an organization founded by April Samuels who is a breast cancer survior herself and professional drummer. I want to thank Bret for his love and support with wanting to help others. I am happy to bring knowledge of this organization to Bret’s attention in order to reach out and spread awareness to help people in the fight against breast cancer.

Thank you for your time and support in helping other Bret!

- Scott Shoemaker

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