Good morning all. I hope you'll forgive me this little story today, but I feel it is important. On this day, 13 years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Irony of all ironies....it is also.....
....amazing how the universe works........isn't it??? So, today I celebrate another year living with Type 1 diabetes and all the challenges it sets. I have also been given the opportunity of crossing the paths of some amazing and wonderful people.....and this leads me to the story I wish to share with you today.
As most of you know I am a keen netballer and have played with the same core group of girls for as many as 10 years. We have shared our lives through marriages, divorces, engagements and of course babies!! One of the gals - Trish- has 2 kids, Ryan and Renee. Renee comes to see us play occsionally and she has seen me do my BSL's (blood sugar levels) and disconnect myself from my insulin pump before I take the court. I have answered her questions as to why I do what I do and as far as I was aware, all was understood. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when Trish relayed a story to me at netball one night, about an arguement that she had overheard between the kids.
Ryan and Renee were watching TV and the ad came on with Rob Palmer (the chippie fm Better Homes and Gardens who also has Type 1 Diabetes) showing how this kind of BSL monitor was the one he used and recommended. Ryan was disbelieving with some of the claims that Rob Palmer was making. At this point Renee jumped up and said...."Well MY friend Lynda has Diabetes and SHE has to do that all the TIME". She continued to let Ryan know of the way I used my pump...the whole 9 yards. Whilst having a good giggle to ourselves, I was also very touched at Renee's fervour and passion at sticking up for me. I believe deeds like this should be rewarded. Hence, to say thank you to her, I made her this card......
I had not used my Jumbo Outline Alphabet yet, so it was a good opportunity to bust it out!!! Mind you, cutting around all those letters was a challenge at times. I used up a while heap of scrap DP I had accumulated.
I popped the butterflies up on dimensionals so it looked like they were flying.
I also did the same to the middle of the flower.
I received a beautiful e mail back from Trish letting me know how much Renee loved the card and how it has been put in a very special place in her room. It was something I was MORE than happy to do.
Thanks for indulging me this special story. As promised...the next couple will be sharing some Christmas cards I have done. Have a great day.
CS: (SU) Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Tea Party DP and Regal Rose DP fm the Designer Paper II series pack.
Ink: (SU) Pink Passion, Almost Amethyst, Pretty In Pink, SWM's in Almost Amethyst and Summer Sun.
Stamps: (SU) Pick A Petal, Wonderful Favourites, Butterfly Prints, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Punches: (SU) Butterfly Punch, Carla Craft 1/2" Circle to do centre of flower.
Other Bits: Dimensionals, Pink and Purple 1/2 Pearls fm Bizzy Becs.