Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Reading

I've been meaning to pick up this book for awhile, and finally requested it from the library and got started reading. 

I knew it would be a tough read (pretty emotional and overwhelming at times), and now that I'm half way through, I'm totally hooked. It's obviously quite historical, but reads like a good novel. Just one you have to pay close attention to as not to miss dates and important facts!

It's quite unsettling to read about the fate of type 1 diabetics less than 100 years ago....before the discovery of insulin it was basically a death sentence. The doctors described in the book figured out ways to prolong children's lives (by months or in rare cases years) by starving them, and that was the best they could do. 

Then along came Dr. Frederick Banting (and a lot of other gifted people who funded him and worked with him). He followed a hunch and worked in horrible conditions to see through an idea that he thought would work. It did--and I'm just getting to the good part!

It also tells the story of Elizabeth Hughes, the daughter of Secretary of State Charles Hughes. She was one of the first people to be effectively treated with insulin, and went on to do amazing things with her life.

I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in diabetes, or even just an amazing story. I'm beyond grateful that so many years ago there were enough people not willing to give up on something so very important. Insulin is not a cure, but it is a life saver.

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