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.
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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.
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