Posted April 12, 2018 06:00:04 In a world where many parents are already struggling with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, the prospect of raising a child with Type 1 diabetes and other blood disorders is daunting.
That’s why there are some programs that offer students a chance to get into these programs while still being enrolled in school.
But there are others that can’t help but raise eyebrows.
Here’s how to do the math: Kaylynn McEnor’s story of getting her daughter enrolled in an intensive, 24-hour clinic focused on helping kids with Type 2 diabetes is an example of a program that’s often misunderstood.
The story of how Kaylynn’s daughter enrolled at the Mayo Clinic’s Mayo Clinic Center for Heart and Diabetes Research in Phoenix, Ariz., and then went on to become one of the country’s top-ranked students in the program is a story many parents would not want their child to tell.
On Jan. 5, 2019, Kaylynn, then just six months old, had her first appointment at the facility, where her mother, Lisa, had set up a classroom to help her daughter learn how to work with a computer.
“I was just in shock,” Kaylynn said.
As she began to learn the ins and outs of the program, Lisa explained to Kaylynn how her daughter would be able to access the computer, the mouse and keyboard, and even the TV.
It was only after Kaylynn sat down for her first lesson that she started to understand what this program was really about.
Lisa, a teacher herself, said she knew what was going on when she was watching her daughter’s progress.
She told her, “You’re doing so well right now.
It’s time to move forward.”
Kaylynn’s mother, who has Type 2, was shocked to hear Lisa tell her that her daughter was able to get through her first day at the clinic.
“It just blew my mind,” she said.
“That’s when it really hit me.”
Kaylynn began working with the computers after the first lesson and was able, for the first time, to work on her own, with the help of Lisa and her husband, who had already enrolled her daughter in a program called the Mayo Family Diabetes Center.
At first, Kayleigh’s mom, who was in her 40s, was amazed by her daughter.
She said her daughter, who grew up in a rural area in central Kentucky, could be just as overwhelmed by the challenges of diabetes as anyone else.
Kaylynn started with an online course that taught her how to use the mouse, a keyboard and the internet.
She learned to type, to write and to take notes.
Lisa, who is in her 70s, also was amazed to learn how Kayleigh could handle the learning process.
One day, while Kaylynn was in class, Lisa noticed Kaylynn had trouble writing on a laptop.
Instead of helping her, she said, she looked at her computer and realized Kaylynn didn’t even have the basic skills to use it.
“She was having trouble,” Lisa said.
Kaylynn was unable to understand how Lisa could be so concerned about her daughter and not be able help.
Kaylynn knew that her mother was very protective of her and had never had a child diagnosed with Type I. Lisa was concerned Kaylynn might not make it through her course and that she might not get through it.
But Kaylynn could not help but feel that she was on the right path.
She started working on her computer again, and in two months, she was able the mouse she was working on, the keyboard and online classes that were on offer.
“I really felt like I was in the right place,” Kaylyn said.
When Lisa told her that Kaylynn appeared to be improving rapidly, Lisa said, “I think you’re right.
She’s doing better.”
Kaylyn said that while her mother had been very concerned about Kaylynn failing, she never imagined that Kaylyn would be so successful.
While Kaylynn continued to learn on her laptop and mouse, Lisa went on a journey of her own.
In her final week of classes, Kaylyn told Lisa about the story of a man who was diagnosed with diabetes, and how she was determined to help him get better.
Lisa said to her, I know you have a lot of heart, but you don’t know how to make this happen.
Later that week, Lisa was on her way to her home in Kentucky when she heard about a new program at the University of Michigan called the Health Education Network (HEN), which is designed to help students with Type 3 diabetes through health-related programs like school.
When Lisa got to the campus of the university, she noticed Kaylyn was not there.
Despite Lisa’s concern, Kaylen went straight to HEN, where she started working