Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Right now, I have enough.

"On July 27 1921 two Canadian scientists at the University of Toronto,
Frederick Banting and Charles Best, successfully isolate insulin--a
hormone they believe could prevent diabetes--for the first time.
Within a year, the first human sufferers of diabetes were receiving
insulin treatments, and countless lives were saved from what was
previously regarded as a fatal disease. Diabetes has been recognized
as a distinct medical condition for more than 3,000 years, but its
exact cause was a mystery until the 20th century. At that time, the
only way to treat the fatal disease was through a diet low in
carbohydrates and sugar and high in fat and protein. Instead of dying
shortly after diagnosis, this diet allowed diabetics to live--for
about a year. A breakthrough came at the University of Toronto in the
summer of 1921, when Banting and Best successfully isolated insulin
from canine test subjects, produced diabetic symptoms in the animals,
and then began a program of insulin injections that returned the dogs
to normalcy. On November 14, the discovery was announced to the world.
On January 23, 1921, they began treating 14-year-old Leonard Thompson
with insulin injections. The diabetic teenager improved dramatically,
and the University of Toronto immediately gave pharmaceutical
companies license to produce insulin, free of royalties. By 1923,
insulin had become widely available, and the scientists were awarded
the Nobel Prize in medicine." ~

Today I want to say thank you to Banting and Best. I owe you a debt of gratitude deeper than the Precipices of the Grand Canyon.

Because of boys can live.

Because of boys can see, walk, laugh, and play.

Because of boys can learn and go to school.

Because of boys can jump and play sports. They can run and play with their friends.

Because of you...I count carbs...and take for granted daily how lucky I am to do so.

Because of you...I insert needles into my boys and don't even blink an eye, because I know it saves their life every time I do.

Because of you...we don't live in a hospital.

I take it all for granted. I think, "Where is the cure?" I think, "Why is this so hard?" I think, "My boys deserve better!"

But today, through these tears of thankfulness, I don't think those things at all.

Today I think, "It has been 90 years, why can't everyone afford and have access to insulin?" I think, "Why must families watch their child die because insulin is not available?" I think, "Even in the USA there are families struggling to keep insulin in the fridge."

I think, "Why is my family so blessed?"

Yes we have three boys who have Type 1 Diabetes. But I have a cabinet in my house that looks like this:

And I have insulin in my much I almost cannot contain it:

Sure it is all just a few months in supplies...and sure, that is a sad thing in itself, but I feel overwhelmingly grateful that we have these advances.

YES, a cure would be nice...but in the meantime, I'm going to work on looking at what I have, rather than what I don't.

Because as it turns out...right now, what I have is more than enough.


  1. Beautiful! Forever grateful - just does not seem like quite enough to express my gratitude. We are so lucky.

  2. Beautiful post and you're right as hard as it can be we truly have no clue how hard it was.

  3. So fortunate to be able to celebrate and give thanks!

  4. Yay!! Great post. I'm feeling very lucky today, too.

  5. Terrific post! I have to introduce myself, as I am mom to Meri who is 10 1/2 & has been living with diabetes since she was 3! We've never met another Meri!!!

  6. May you and yours be always greatly blessed-- you are amazing, and your family also. I think your posting is also a blessing to so many others going through experiences of different kinds. Hugs!

  7. Beautiful post Meri...i am going to take my daughter to the Banting House Museum in Ontario this summer and I have a feeling a will be in tears the entire time.

  8. Beautifully written! I too often think of families having to choose between and insulin.... Unbelieveable and so sad.

  9. I loved this post. I need to focus more on those blessings myself. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  10. Thank you for the brilliant post--what a great reminder.


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