Alec Raeshawn Smith. Shane Patrick Boyle. Antavia Lee Worsham. Seely Weatherell. Danielle DeShae Dunbar. What do these five people have in common? They’ve all lost their lives because of the outrageous cost of insulin in the United States. Sadly, they are just a few of the names of people who’ve died in recent years, as the cost of insulin continues to soar.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my insulin cost around $20 when I first started using it in 1999. Today that same vial is $395 and I go through 2 vials in a month. And this is just ONE of my diabetes prescriptions.
Over the years I’ve become increasingly more passionate about this topic so when I heard the call to join in the #Insulin4all Rally being held on the grounds of pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and organized by T1International and People of Faith for Access to Affordable Medicines, I booked my plane ticket.
Ever since my brother Will was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes nearly 23 years ago (a few years before I was diagnosed), I’ve been convinced that if we want to see a change we must be willing to show up and have our voices heard.
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Fall in our area is a breathtaking event. When the heat of summer fades, and cooler temps take over, it signals the trees that a time of transformation is near. Their normal leafy foliage shifts from bland green to a symphony of blazing oranges, yellows, and reds. But within a few short weeks, the color festival is over as the leaves detach from their branches and drift to the ground.
They let go in such a gentle and beautiful way. And with no regrets.
Spring is often viewed as a time of rejuvenation and a fresh start, but autumn is regarded as the perfect time to wrap up projects and finalize loose ends before the New Year arrives. Many people also use fall as a time to look back and reflect on what hasn’t served them well over the last ten months and use that wisdom to prepare for the next 12 that will be gifted to us after the New Year. Like a tree shedding its leaves, we humans can use this time to “let go” and transform as well. In reality, the trees are showing us a valuable lesson right this very moment.
Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.
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