I usually don't make a big deal about these things, but today Nerdy April's Space Adventures turns 5! Five years ago today I was sitting in my cubicle at NASA's Marshall Spaceflight Center debating about starting a blog so my friends and family could follow along through my internship. Little did I know I would still be typing up crap for you to read 5 years later! Wow!
We've been through a lot together - internships, college, cross-country moves, boyfriend turned fiance turned husband, dogs and cats, Diabetes, the FAA, helicopters and the International Space Station. I am absolutely grateful from the bottom of my heart for all of the sweet comments, encouragement, emails, and mentions. This blog has allowed me, as just an individual, to crack open the door of communication between Type 1 Diabetes and Manned Spaceflight. In the process, I have learned more about the struggles so many of us face, the triumphs when we overcome, and the humor that ties us all together (addictions to Diet Coke included).
I'm excited to continue this journey. Nerdy April's Space Adventures may not be a "mega-blog" or attract lucrative advertisements, but it fulfills a tiny [important] niche. In my humble opinion all kids should have the chance to stretch their imaginations, dream of space, and set out to get there - whether they have Type 1 Diabetes or not. We shouldn't live within the bounds Diabetes creates, we deserve better, and those kids who dream of being an astronaut or pilot or soldier...they deserve better. Together through interactions in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), industry, pharma, science, and advocacy we can start the conversation and put the heart breaking Diabetes related constraints in the past.
My dream is for no parent of a Type 1 to ever dread answering, "Mom, Dad, can I go to space?"
Ironically, today also marks 1 year since I began working at NASA in Mission Control! I may not be an astronaut (yet), but my heart has never been so full. I'm a lucky son of a gun to have my dream job and pilot the International Space Station. My parents never gave up on me (they probably knew I would just tell them to get out of my way ;-) even when Diabetes entered our lexicon 16 years ago.
Thank you for reading and all your amazing support these past 5 years. I can't wait to share the rest of my nerdy adventures with you! Godspeed.