A year and a half ago, Holly and Richie Edmonds were living a pretty normal life. Most of it consisted of driving to and from school, practices, and gymnastics. But life as they knew it came to a screeching halt after one of their son’s baseball games.
“He was having extreme headaches, then started showing textbook signs,” said Sully’s mom Holly.
Shortly after that game, Sully was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at just 7 years old. “Most kids end up in the ICU and some actually die,” Holly explained further. She is a Physician’s Assistant and knew Sully had Type 1 Diabetes immediately after he started showing symptoms. “It’s a life long disease and that’s hard to accept.”
As a father in Baton Rouge, Richie Edmonds dreamed of his kids growing up and playing every sport under the sun. “My initial thought was… he’s never going to play sports again. Football, baseball, basketball, or soccer… we’re done.”
But Sully wasn’t done.
“Come to find out, he missed a week from being in the hospital and hasn’t missed a beat since,” the proud father went on to say. “He’s an inspiration to me. He never stops… never quits,” he said.
Sully even impresses his coach. “He knows his levels, he checks it in the dugout,” said Sully’s coach and Director at Traction Sportsplex, Brad Cresse.
Sully says he feels weak and dizzy when his sugar levels get too low.
Like many 8 year olds, Sully doesn’t want to come out of the game. So, if he feels his sugar getting low, he’ll eat a few of his favorite candies – Airheads (cherry is his favorite flavor).
A harsh reality that an 8 year-old must deal with day in and day out, for the rest of his life.
But a year after the diagnosis, mom, Holly says they’ve turned the corner. “I feel like we’re coming out on the other side… We accept it and (have) figured out how life works and you just keep going.”
There’s no doubt Sully feels the same way. If it’s up to him, his future is bright. He wants to play centerfield at LSU and go on to play in the Major Leagues
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