Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Warm Fuzzy

Do you ever find yourself paying more attention when you hear about events that you have experienced? I know this to be true in my life. I have become more aware of those that experience house fires. I have become more sympathetic when I hear about a grandparent’s death. And most of all, my ears perk up at anything related to “Type-1 Diabetes.”

I know the heartbreak of the diagnosis, the day-in and day-out testing, monitoring, and injecting, and the impact a new diagnosis has on a family. Strangely enough, I also know the roadblock diabetes puts in the path towards becoming an astronaut.

So, I was overjoyed when I heard a recent news article describing a 12-year-old girl with Type-1 Diabetes and her passion to become an astronaut. Her mom asked NASA to fly a JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) flag along on Atlantis’s final mission, STS-132 (which just landed yesterday) in honor of her daughter’s dreams to become an astronaut.

You go girls! And to add my own bit of news-worthiness, here is an article that appeared in the Mesa Tribune back when I was in high school, which talks about the same subject! [Click to make it bigger]!