Happy Dance

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Chrissy F coming home from the Y

The FDA yesterday approved a new closed loop insulin delivery system that will come closer than ever before to mimicking a human pancreas.  Obviously, it is by no means a cure, but clinical trials are showing that it improves control significantly, particularly at night where diabetics are at greatest risk of experiencing dangerous “highs and lows.” I thought it odd that there was nothing about this in any of the major main media sources.

There is, of course, the whole issue of cost, availability, and all the individual issues to make this of benefit to the millions of people with Type 1 Diabetis. But, my daughter’s reaction to the news: “I want one.” I hope that in reality it is a real option for both my son and daughter.

Which brings me the sunrise and welcoming the day.

Gill E.'s whispy morning clouds in Alasace
Gill E.’s whispy morning clouds in Alasace

These are “just” another a few more  beautiful sunrises shared on Facebook by running friends.

Many moons (or sunrises) ago my daughter, probably age 5 or 6, I guess, comes bouncing into the bed room at sunup singing:

“This is the day, this is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice, let us rejoice, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

There are a multitude of reasons – legitimate, sad, scary, hurtful reasons- that time and experience give us as reasons to not see the sunrise as anything other than another struggle. Anyway – we continue working toward the fixes and in the meantime take pleasure in the beauty found. Yea, trite and sappy. So be it.

Oh, I updated the Health Upates page as well.

Deirdre G sunset run in Doha with HOT sunset on Marina
Deirdre G sunset run in Doha with HOT sunset on Marina

The Most Beautiful Sunrise May Be a Sunset

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NYC skyline at sunset from Central Park by Jenny A

Let’s just think of it as an early sunrise…or maybe a late sunrise… or, better yet, let’s just think of chasing a sunrise as the ability to recognize and enjoy the beauty in any moment. Or, when particularly skillful, the ability to recognize beauty in every moment.

The word came today from Debbie with my transplant team that everything is now a green light. Insurance has approved the procedure and the clinical trial team has excepted me into the trial. So, October 6 is now officially “T-6,” that is, six days before transplant. That date – that event – is both dreaded and highly anticipated.

Living in the moment… the ability to pay attention to the value of today doesn’t play well with count downs. Future events that are inevitable really aren’t much different than past events that can’t be changed. They are there. Plotted on a line, each are points with an infinite number of points in between. There is an eternity along that path. So… I like sunrises… the beauty of the surprise in the inevitable and common place. It just so happens that one of the folks on my favorite Facebook running group captured a sunset instead of a sunrise. Matters not… right place, right time, right moment to look up from the run and snap a picture. Beautiful moment.

Chasing Every Sunrise 4 Run Oct. 2 and throughout October

I’ve been collecting “sunrise” pictures for many years.  I love running as dawn is breaking, and particularly enjoy those runs in cities and trails new to me. I’d often toss the maps and just chase whatever angle or perspective would capture the most interesting view.

Chasing Sunrise took on new meaning and new focus soon after I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma… but there is more about that in “About Chasing Every Sunrise.” For now, you are here, I hope to learn more about the 4 mile virtual and real race. For that, go to the link on the header.