It is already World Diabetes Day here. I should be asleep as we are celebrating with an early start to go camping tomorrow. We are "celebrating" with our usual busy life, and proof that diabetes does not slow us down at all.
Two days ago I was reminded by a post in a diabetic group that I follow about why it is observed, and why on this day. Dr. Fredrick Banting led the discovery of insulin in 1921. He was born on November 14th. He and those he worked with forever changed the life of many people that less than 100 years ago received a diagnosis that was pretty much a death sentence.
I was also reminded that in 2011, we went to Stockholm. It is there that I first learned about Dr. Banting and his Nobel Prize in the Nobel Museum. In that building is a tribute to all prize winners, and there is a vile of insulin.
My son was diagnosed about a year before that trip, so when I came upon then insulin, it was very unexpected. I did not want to leave it, but yet, I did not know what to do with it. I didn't even take a picture of it. I took pictures of Nelson Mandela's ring and many other things in the museum, but why not the insulin?
I was moved by it, but yet I did not want to be reminded of it. I see insulin every day. I am happy that I do, but perhaps at the time I was still getting used to that fact even though one year in.
So, how will you "celebrate" World Diabetes Day? No plans? Why not go out and do something to defy diabetes, and when you take your next injection or bolus, say a little thank you to Dr. Banting.