About a week before Sáin’s pump start we got to meet with Senator Murray and the lead researchers at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute. I learned a number of things that day. The research is amazing and Senator Murray is very supportive of diabetes research funding. (She has a niece who is type 1 so she sees the day-to-day impact this disease has.) The thing that really stuck with me that day is that, even three years after diagnosis, I can’t tell our story without crying. I don’t like crying in front of strangers but the emotions are so raw. I would never wish this disease on any family but I often wish some of the other parents could know what it feels like to be told your 5 year old daughter was 12 hours from permanent brain damage or death. It puts a lot in perspective.
On to hockey... my dad once told me that, if I was being honest, I would write hockey as my religion on official forms. Hockey has gotten me through more tough times than I could name. It’s been my therapy and my distraction for as long as I can remember. I don’t know if the hockey gods knew I needed it or if Comcast just decided to do me a favor but for one week I have the NHL Center Ice free preview. You can write my feeling this event blog-worthy off to my sleep deprivation but if you really know me you will realize how much seeing the Leafs play (even if they lost) on a Tuesday night meant to me.