Why November 14th is Special

Banting birthdayNovember 14th is  World Diabetes Day.  Those who live with diabetes often remark that every day is diabetes day! That is true but November 14th is special.

The 14th is the day that Frederick Banting was born. For those who don’t know, Banting was a Canadian born medical scientist.  He received the Nobel prize for his work isolating insulin for therapeutic use with his colleague Dr. Charles Best.  He is the reason that my son is alive and thriving today.

Before 1922, a person with Type 1 diabetes was not expected to live long. The only way for them to survive was on very strict diets and those diets often left them malnourished.  Injected insulin came along and changed that.

The incredible before and after image of Leonard Thompson shows us just how dramatic of an impact insulin had on the lives of those living with diabetes.

From https://www.trumanlibrary.org/histday/insulin/impact.html

While my own son wasn’t as emaciated as poor young Leonard, he was gaunt and skeletal before he was diagnosed.  He had been a thin child.  He had been sick but seeing him teetering in the bathroom after he began to receive insulin sent me into shock.  His skin was hanging off of his tiny body.  It had happened so quickly.

Thankfully on November 14, 1891 a man was born who would find this miracle elixir.  He would discover a way for my child, and millions like him, to receive the insulin that they were lacking in their own bodies. Dr. Banting gave them their lives back.  He gave parents back their children.

Those of us who use insulin, no that it is not a magic pill. We understand that it must be respected.  People living with diabetes quickly learn how the smallest doses of insulin can have life-threatening consequences. Despite the risk, the reward is incredible.  We have our children, our partners, and our friends.  They thrive, contribute and enrich our lives.

On this day we say “Happy Birthday Dr. Banting!! Thank you so very, very much for giving us this incredible gift of life.”


Exercise and Play…the diabetes way

The next two prompts for Diabetes Awareness Month Photo A Day are exercise and play.  When you live with diabetes, both require special preparations.

Last winter my son decided to begin working on his body.  He “found” exercise in a way that only a teen can.  He picked up the Body Beast exercise videos and began to tone his muscles.  This presented new challenges for us.  We had to learn how to tailor his insulin needs and extra carbohydrates depending on the intensity and length of his workouts.

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Play also presents challenges…We must make sure that a glucometer and glucose are always with him no matter what he is doing.

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Relationships..and more

I am still running a bit behind on my Diabetes Awareness Month Photos but here we go…




Truly the greatest gift that diabetes has brought us is the many amazing, enduring, and incredible relationships that it has brought into our lives.   I have been blessed to meet, talk to, and interact with people from all over the world who have become family to me in every sense of the word.

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Blue to me is still new. I know, the blue circle has been around for ages, why don’t I get with the program?? I have no clue.  When my son was first diagnosed, advocates displayed a grey ribbon with a drop of blood. I have that logo tattooed on my body and its the image that I have in my mind when it comes to awareness. I like the concept of a blue circle.  I like the unity that it represents.  I appreciate the hope that it brings. One day I hope that it will instantly evoke the same images and feelings that the pink and yellow ribbons currently do.  
















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Today’s prompt is “advocate”.

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My greatest honor as an advocate…being recognized at Friends For Life in Orlando with the Jeff Hitchcock Award. This was truly an amazing experience and it is wonderful to remain in the company of some of the world’s most incredible advocates!

Diabetes Month Photo Awareness

Where did the time go?? Somehow its November again and World Diabetes Day is looming. In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, someone brilliantly thought of creating a “Photo a Day Prompt” (#dmpad) to create awareness and put faces to this horrible disease.  I am enjoying viewing the pictures that friends are posting and will begin posting my own as of today…


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Two years old







Liam testing in NYC


Testing while walking the streets of New York City.







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While we make sure that my son always has some for of glucose with him at all times, thanks to his insulin pump, he no longer worries about what or when he eats.  Snack times are a thing of the past and he now eats whenever hunger strikes.  Dairy Queen cakes remain a favorite snack!







Of the quirky, humorous, down-to-earth, young man he has become.