My memorial letter about Mandy:
My name is Megan Druien, I am also a Type 1 Diabetic Warrior. I met Mandy many years ago around 2008 or 2009 over email when I first went on my insulin pump and was having a lot of trouble adjusting to wearing it all the time. Mandy’s Aunt Debbie suggested that I email her niece to see if she could offer me some advice. Debbie told me what she did for a living and I was like, wow, I am not sure I can email someone with such an impressive title! She was incredibly generous and helpful to me and did not really know me at all. We kept in touch and emailed each other back and forth after that. She was another person with type 1 Diabetes that I could talk to about the daily struggles it comes along with.
Fast forward a few years and we were both on facebook and I sent her a friend request right away! I was part of this wonderful Diabetic support group for Moms, I told her about it and of course she wanted to be added to the group. We are a tight nit group of women who lean on each other for support and advice. We all love each other like family. All of them would be here today if they didn’t live so far away. They have asked me to send their love and to let you know they wish they could be here today. Mandy was a great addition to the group and even helped several of the ladies with their children when they started having seizures or other neurological problems. She was always so generous with her time and more than willing to share her knowledge. She made friends with all of the members in that group and the other groups we were in together right off the bat. She even went out of her way to help transition other people with Type 1 into a different diet to manage their Diabetes.
Mandy was a Warrior, she fought Diabetes better than most while managing a very demanding career, two children and a husband who she loves dearly. She would help everyone and anyone in the support groups she was in. She was so very humble and did not want any extra praise, even though in her career she saved many babies, she never asked for attention for the amazing things she accomplished.
I want you to know how much Mandy means to the online Diabetic community because it is so very important for you all to know how deeply she will be missed by them and me. She was a great friend to all of us and has changed many of us with type 1 forever for the better.
She has touched so many lives as the Pray4Mandy page and its 6000 plus followers have proven. I will continue to be an advocate for Type 1 and I will fight even harder for Mandy.
Mandy is an amazing woman, wife, mother and Doctor. She has changed the world for better and I wish she was here to see the difference her life has made and to know just how many people really love and care for her even if they never really met her.