A Diabetic Story

IMG_6724 A simple sports physical led to a day that David Cobb will never forget. After having his blood drawn, he became lightheaded and sat down abruptly. Alarmed, the doctor checked his urine sample to see if there were any issues. To David’s surprise, there was a big problem. The doctor found glucose in his urine. Not a good sign. Just weeks later, after fighting for his life in  the ICU at Cape Fear Valley Hospital,  David was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. He was 18 years old and a freshman at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

“It was defintely a shock. I thought I was healthy. I didn’t even know what diabetes was at the time”, David said.

David would have never know how sick he was if it was not for him being unable to complete to a PT test during Air Force ROTC at Pembroke. This caused him to go home for the weekend to reboot. During his visit at home, David enjoyed a browie sunday at the popular restaurant Chili’s. Following the outing, which included his parent’s and his cousin, David went to his cousins house. While there, he fell into a deep sleep. When he woke up, everyone asked was okay, thinking he was just sleepy.

“I was actually completely passed out, but no one knew”, he said.

He passed out a second time. When he awoke the second time, David decided to go home and excercise to see if he would feel any different. He knew something was wrong, but he was avoiding it.

“My dad had me to check my blood sugar, and it was unreadable, so from there is when I went to the hospital and recieved my diagnosis”, David said.

Since finding out he has diabetes, David has been taking good care of himself to stay healthy. He is currently using a pump to provide insulin.

“I have diabetes, diabetes doesn’t have me”, he said.

Young Woman Finds her Father on Facebook

DSC00276Rebecca Gordon, 22, of Spring Lake, North Carolina, looking on Facebook, at the first picture she took with her father, John Pennie, in 2013.

  Rebecca Gordon, a native of Spring Lake, North Carolina, spent 20 years of her life, without a father. That is 20 years of growing, laughing, and loving. At the tender age of 13, Gordon became interested in finding her father.

“I went to my mother and I asked her who my dad was, what did he look like, where is he from”.

Gordon said that her mother could never give her a clear answer. She even tried searching for him on ancestry.com. She didn’t get any hits. As a result, she was left with only dreams of what her father could have been like. After several failed attempts with her mother, Gordon gave up on trying to find her father. Seven years later, at the age of 20, Gordon received some very exciting information from her mother, it was her father’s name.

“I just remember feeling excited because I was step closer at finding him”, Gordon said.

At the time, Gordon’s mother had just created a Facebook page. She said that this was another door opened for her to take advantage of. Gordon logged in to her mothers Facebook account and began searching for a man by the name of John Pennie.

The search didn’t take long, she found a man named John Pennie, showed the photo to her mother, and to her surprise, he was the man that her mother said was her father.

“I had to build up the courage to send him message, because it just seeing his picture wasn’t enough”, Gordon said.


John Pennie, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, playing outside in front of his home, with his grandson Miles.

The message read: Hi. My name is Rebecca. My mom’s name is Debra Brahnam. I wanted to reach out to you because I think you are father. Did you work for Pepsi Cola in 1992? If so then you are definitely the man I have been looking for. I have a son, Miles, he’s 3 and we would love to meet you in person. Please get back with me as soon as possible. Thank you.

Gordon waited for days before she finally received a response from John Pennie.

“It was not a surprise to me. I always knew in the back of my mind that I had a child. Her mother and I lost connection with one another so I never knew what happened, “Pennie said.

DSC00274John Pennie, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, sitting on a couch in his home, alongside his daughter Rebecca Gordon of Spring Lake, North Carolina.

On June 13, 2013, Gordon met her father for the first time. It was obvious that she belonged because it was if they were looking in the mirror.

DSC00271John Pennie, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, joking around with his daughter, Rebecca Gordon, of Spring Lake, North Carolina.

“She has my nose, it’s a very distinctive feature that all my children gained from me”, Pennie said.

Gordon was residing in Louisiana before she met her father, today she lives in North Carolina where she be close to her father and her new family.

“Family is everything to me. I want to be close to my dad and I want my son to have his grandpa close by. That’s important,” Gordon said.

DSC00269John Pennie, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, swinging his grandson Miles, of Spring Lake, North Carolina, with the help of his daughter Rebecca, of Spring Lake, North Carolina. The three were enjoying some fun in the sun together.

Gordon said that she knew all along that she was different from her other siblings. She had different hair, and different mannerisms. She knew she had to find her father, so she could compare herself to him. It turns out, they are just alike. Now, Gordon has a father, and Pennie has a new daughter. On April 12, 2016, Gordon will celebrate her birthday with her father for the first  time. They will celebrate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with family.