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Four Super-Dads Share “Proud Father” Moments

Father’s Day reflections from d-dads & fathers living with diabetes

Tim Ryan, proud d-dad and JDRF advocate

This Sunday, June 21, is Father’s Day, the perfect time to recall some favorite “proud father” moments on Discuss Diabetes.

Manny Hernandez
Manny takes a moment to reflect

Manny Hernandez, who lives with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) in the Bay Area, has many such moments, but there’s one he remembers most fondly. “I vividly recall a day when I was sick with a cold. I told my son: ‘Papi, I don’t feel well.’ And he went to bring me my glucose meter. He assumed I didn’t feel well because I was low.”

Further reading: Proud father and d-advocate Manny Hernandez recalls a dance routine his son performed to Michael Jackson’s “Bad.”

Scott Benner
Scott and his kids

New Jersey author Scott Benner, whose daughter, Arden, lives with type 1 diabetes, has related many proud father moments on his blog Arden’s Day and in his book Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad, but one of the sweetest might be when he dished about his favorite – and least favorite – Father’s Day gifts. “My kids got me a new baseball glove, and I use it to have a catch with them,” he says, recalling his favorite. His least favorite? “The year they told me they’d get me that glove and didn’t.”

Further reading: Scott Benner dishes about family, friends and heroes.

David and family
David and family

Accountant David Schlissel, whose son Caleb was diagnosed with T1, feels proudest of Caleb’s sense of compassion. “Deep down, Caleb is very sensitive and caring, especially of others,” he says. “I think it has created an awareness for our entire family to the things that other people could be going through in their lives that you don’t necessarily see that could influence both their physical and mental well-being.” 

Further reading: D-dad David talks about the power of coaching, compassion & staying connected.

Boyd Bush. Photo by Danae' Bush.
Boyd takes a break from the bright lights

Texan and pastor-turned-TV-rodeo-clown W. Boyd Bush, who lives with type 2 diabetes, has few regrets in life, but admits that, if were up to him, his daughter would still live in the Lone Star State. Perhaps because his daughter is so far away, Boyd recalls not one single cherished moment with her, but rather one that happens every day: “receiving the first text message of the day from my daughter who lives in Portland, Oregon.”

Further reading: Boyd Bush dishes on managing type 2 diabetes whether ministering or distracting angry bulls from cowboys.

Manny Hernandez, Scott Benner, David Schlissel and W. Boyd Bush received no compensation for their posts on Discuss Diabetes and The DX. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees and/or contributors, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.

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