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Dr. Frederick Banting: In His Own Words

Today is November 14, 2014.

World Diabetes Day

I’ve spent the day taking care of routine stuff.

A dentist appointment. A trip to Costco. Dishes.

I’ve also periodically checked Sugar’s Nightscout screen to keep tabs on the basal changes I’ve been tweaking over the last couple of days.

(Sidebar: Haven’t heard of Nightscout? You should really check it out.)

Today I’ve thought a lot about Frederick Banting, and how thankful I am that he was born on November 14, 1891. Afterall, he discovered the miracle treatment that keeps my daughter alive today: Insulin.

Over the years, I’ve read many articles about Dr. Banting and the discovery of insulin, but I haven’t encountered very many direct quotes from the man himself. I know it’s silly, but sometimes I ponder what it would have been like to attend a conference with Dr. Banting headlining as the keynote speaker. Can you imagine the tweets, hashtags, and Facebook updates that would start trending from such an event???


So much has changed since that first injection of insulin was given to Leonard Thompson on January 11, 1922. Syringes have evolved from reusable to disposable. Today there are insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. The Bionic Pancreas and encapsulation sit on the horizon.

Yet so much has remained the same.

I read Dr. Banting’s Nobel Lecture for the first time today, and found myself awestruck at the similarities between life as we know it right now, and life as it existed when he delivered his address on September 15, 1925.

I’ll leave you with some of the profound excerpts of his words:

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Dr. Banting: Not a Turkey.

Sugar had an assignment due today, 11/14/12 — just about one week before Thanksgiving.
Today is World Diabetes Day, in fact.  
Her assignment was to disguise a turkey,
and write a compelling essay about why her turkey is most definitely NOT a turkey.
Many turkeys will become ballerinas and football players.
Some may become rockstars and cartoon characters.
She thought long and hard about who she ought to disguise her turkey as.
In the end, she decided that Dr. Banting is NOT a turkey, 
because turkeys can’t discover insulin.
Most compelling argument, indeed!

Dear Today’s 40,

NaBloPoMo Day 15
Each year, more than 15,000 children – 40 per day – are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S.

Dear TOday’s 40,

TOday yOur life changed fOrever.

In the days tO cOme, yOu will learn hOw tO pOke yOur finger, cOunt carbs, take a shOt, and check ketOnes. YOu will be Overwhelmed with infOrmation and yOu might wOnder hOw yOu’ll ever learn all that yOu need tO knOw in Order tO stay alive.

YOu will ride a rOllercoaster Of emOtiOn as yOu face the reality Of yOur Type 1 Diabetes diagnOsis. HOwever, there is a strength inside Of yOurself that yOu are abOut tO discOver.

YOu are nOt alOne. There are peOple whO are walking this same rOad and they will help yOu thrOugh this jOurney. Believe it Or nOt, One day, yOu will help sOmeOne else tOO. When yOu lOOk arOund and see blue circles everywhere, take cOmfort knOwing that we’re in this tOgether.

The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle – the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic.

CANDY HEARTS’ Great PJ World Diabetes Day Giveaway!

Welcome to
Great PJ World Diabetes Day Giveaway!
This contest comes to you courtesy of PJs for a Cure.

PJs for the Cure are specially designed women’s and children’s pajama sets from Komar, the #1 sleepwear manufacturer in the country. 
Komar donates 100% of the profits from the sales of these special PJs to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Yep, you read that right! 100%  Isn’t that great?!
The wife of Komar CEO Charles Komar was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and thus, Mr. Komar founded PJs for the Cure in an effort  to raise $1 million for JDRF.
Wouldn’t you like to snuggle up in your very own set of PJs for the Cure?
Well, Komar contacted several of us bloggin’ D mamas with an opportunity to give away free PJs, and we united for a mega giveaway to celebrate World Diabetes Day! It’s a Super Sugar Bolus!
(Just so you know…My fellow D mama bloggers and I are neither getting paid by Komar nor are we receiving free PJs for hosting our giveaway contests. This is simply a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about the great work that Komar is doing to support the research for a cure!)
You can view the entire collection of PJs for the Cure at
Here’s how to enter the contest:
Leave a comment on this blog post before Saturday, November 13th at noon EST. Please include your name.
Only one entry is allowed per person.
The winner will be chosen randomly at and announced on Sunday, November 14th.
Don’t forget that I’m not the only D mama celebrating and holding a contest! Komar generously donated 13 pairs of PJs for this World Diabetes Day Super Sugar Bolus!
So, visit my fellow D mama bloggers listed below and increase your chances of winning! You can enter to win on all 13 blogs!  (BTW, EVERYONE loves PJ’s!  Feel free to share this post with as many people as possible, even if they are not affected personally by diabetes.  EVERYONE is welcome to join the fun!)
(But you can only win one pair of PJs. Once you win on one blog, you are disqualified from winning on another blog. We gotta be fair and spread thePJ love!)

Remember, you only have until tomorrow, Saturday, November 13th at noon to enter The Great PJ World Diabetes Day Giveaway on all of these blogs. So, start clicking and commenting!

We D mama bloggers will announce one winner per hour, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m., on World Diabetes Day, Sunday, November 14th.

Good luck!

And, if you don’t win, won’t you please consider purchasing a pair of PJs for the Cure? It’s for a good cause!

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