My heart is heavy today with the loss of someone I never met in real life. Ryan Schuhmacher, husband of Meri, father of four boys (3 with Type I), passed away yesterday after a six-month battle with brain cancer.
If you're around the DOC much, you most likely know Meri from her blog, Our Diabetic Life. Or you might remember me asking for prayers for them before, back in March. Meri's blog has long been one of my favorites. Their family has an amazing strength and spirit. There are days when caring for one Type I child has overwhelmed me... I can't imagine having three, yet Meri takes on that challenge with grace and strength.
Ryan and Meri fought this cancer with everything they could- prayer, trial medicines, and every treatment they could possibly access. The day Ryan passed away had been set aside as a day of fasting and prayer for Ryan. As the family posted on Facebook..."Ryan passed away this morning, peacefully in his family's arms. Our miracle was that he did not suffer. Thank you for your fervent prayers."
My prayers go out to Meri and the boys today. Their life was already complicated enough, and I know it will take a lot of faith to get them through this tremendous loss. Please join me in praying for the Schuhmachers.