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The Fight with Type 1 Diabetes through the Eyes of Brandi’s Mother

“No child deserves to be sick.  No family deserves to have to watch their child suffer and not be able to help. Everything you do does matter.”  -Karen Cowan

My name is Karen Cowan and I am the mother of a child, Brandi Nichole, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at age 10.  In the beginning it was not so bad.  Neither she nor I had a clear understanding of what had really happened or the toll that it would take on her life and mine.  My daughter was a very vibrant, creative 10 year old. Our lives changed as we began to meet with doctors and dieticians who gave us the list of can dos and cannot dos.  She struggled with having to check her blood sugar with a machine and then give herself a shot.  My greatest fear was that something would happen to her and I would not be there.  I tried to educate the people she was going to be around the best I could, but all I could do was pray that they would respond appropriately when needed.

Welcome to Our New Website!

The professional staff and volunteers at the Brandi Nichole Family Enrichment Center are proud to announce the launch of a new and improved website. Our goal in 2012 and 2013 is to reach an even larger number of families in need of support and with a heart for foster care. If you want to join our efforts read more about becoming a therapeutic foster parent and find out how you can get involved today.

We thank you for your support and in the spirit of the season we wish you love, joy, and peace in the coming year.

Our Message to Families and Individuals Affected by Hurricane Sandy

At times of tragedy people say we are praying for you and that means something and nothing at the same time. We at Brandi Nichole Family Enrichment Center have made a conscious decision to care about not just our community but all communities. If we had the power to change things we would, but we can’t.

We carry our loved ones and our memories in a very special place, our hearts. By putting them there no one and nothing can take them away. Just know that your memories are not in your pictures, or in the dining room where you all ate together because those places and things can go away, but what you carry in you and your heart are yours always to keep.