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#happydiabeticchallenge - Introductions


Hi! Today's post is part of @the.insulin.type 'MAY' you be a #happydiabeticchallenge. Today is introductions!

Have you ever noticed how syringes look so similar to rockets? The pointy tip - aerodynamic for both air and skin. The markings - indicating stages or units. The fins - providing stability in both applications. As it turns out diabetes and rocket science really aren't all that different. Both require an in depth understanding of mathematics - and the reactions or lack thereof to these numbers can mean the difference between life and death. Both require an intense amount of training and self discipline to remain proficient. Both use a mix of cutting edge technology and the challenge to do more with what you already have. A rocket scientist is constantly making backup plans for launch slips or equipment malfunctions - sound familiar? The parallels are striking.

Welcome to my life as a rocket scientist living (LIVING!) with T1D. By day I fly the International Space Station from NASA's Mission Control, and by night I'm a wife, mother of two toddlers, piano dabbler, and spreadsheet queen.

PS - I would love for you to hop on Instagram and give @nerdyapril a "follow"!

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