Amazingly, our wonderful babysitter just participated in a clinical trial for the very same technology -- the artificial pancreas -- that was the subject of my daughter's testimony and the subject of Elizabeth Cohen's CNN story about getting closer to a cure. In Lesley's blog, she writes:
For the past 17.5 years, my life has been in the hands of either myself or my absolutely amazing parents. Artificial Pancreas Project aside, I really feel that I need to make a moment to acknowledge exactly how much my family has done to make sure that #1) I stay alive, and #2) I live the happiest and healthiest life possible for someone in my position. Stabbing your own finger with a syringe while trying to inject your severely underweight and malnourished newly diagnosed child with insulin is deserving of a medal itself, and that only barely describes the tip of the iceberg in regards to all that my family has done for me. Will I ever be able to repay them for the sacrifices that my Mom and Dad have made so that I can have the life that I do now? Probably not. But the best I can do is to live life to its extremes the best I can while still maintaining the incredible control over this disease that they've taught me.
Obviously, Lesley does not need to repay her parents. The inspiring and magnificent person who she is, which is in large part a result of the awful disease that she and my daughter fight each and every day, demonstrates the greatest gift and the truest joy any parent could ever hope for.