The other day when I went to my mail box I almost screamed with glee. Inside was a parcel from a lady I know, Mary Podjasek. Mary happens to run a charity that I love–The Diabetes Scholars Foundation. A parcel from her meant that my new cookbook had arrived!
I know you are thinking, “I don’t need a cookbook. I use Pinterest and get great recipes instantly without a tonne of books laying around my house.” I have to admit that when my friend Jane said that she wanted to do this and she was going to have a real, hold in your hands book, I was kind of thinking the same way. I love Pinterest. It makes my life so much easier. I have a zillion recipes pinned to try one day. I also have a cupboard full of recipes and recipe books that I always go back to. Perhaps Jane was on to something and she was!
I bought my cookbook because it was a great price (only $20 and that included shipping to Canada!) and because it supported a cause that I love–Children with Diabetes’ scholarship funds.
In 2015, there are many supports out there for families of children living with diabetes. Every house has internet access. Every child now receives a Bag of Hope either in the hospital or soon after going home. In 2000, that was not the case. When my son was diagnosed, I was given the phone number of a lady who would later become a good friend. We were both fumbling, trying to deal with toddlers with diabetes. There were few other supports.
Within a year after diagnosis, my mom convinced me to get this thing called the internet for my home computer. My computer would dial a local number and I would be connected with the world–my phone line would be tied up during that time, but I could connect with my family all over the world.
What I didn’t realize was that the sound of clicks, rings, and whirls would also connect me to a new family–a family of people who were also living with diabetes. I would be connected with people who had children the same age as mine with diabetes, older children with diabetes, and people who had diabetes themselves. I would be accepted and welcomed into a family that would always be there for me through diabetes issues and even much more private ones. They would be there with cyber hugs and real hugs when we would meet. They would be available at all hours to talk and share.
Today, times are a little different. The internet has evolved. We now connect on Facebook, through emails or even the occasional text. The bond and the appreciation has not changed at all however. I look forward to conferences when I get to see many of them. I continue to plan to one day get back to Florida in July of some year to be able to sit around the hotel and chat with many more of this family that I don’t see often enough.
In the meantime however, I can now peruse through this cookbook and see many familiar names. I can sample recipes that I have drooled over in online photos. With each page, I see love and compassion. The layout of the cookbook takes me back to many of my favorite old cookbooks and I know without a doubt that this will become one of my new favorites!
If you haven’t ordered your cookbook, I would encourage you to head over to the Diabetes Scholars website and get one before they are sold out. There was only a limited number printed. The goal is to be able to send three families to the Friends for Life conference in Florida and it only costs you $20!
Thank you so much to Jane, Kara, Stacey, Mary and all of the others who contributed and put this book together. Thank you for bring a little piece of my diabetes family into my kitchen!