As many of you are aware, the New York Historical Society is currently housing an exhibit called: Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of The Discovery of Insulin.
The exhibition opened on October 7th and runs through January 31, 2011.
It's divided into chapters showing the public how history, science, leaders in government, industry, & higher education combined roles & resources in the in the discovery of insulin.
And according to what I’ve read, the people who played a major part in the discovery are personified, as are patients whose lives were saved by the discovery.
I think the personification will really allow those in attendance to not only make a historical connection, but a personal one as well.
Diabetes is a personal disease because it touches so many people - and I believe that the exhibit will bring home the fact that without insulin - many family members of those viewing the exhibit would not be here had insulin not been discovered.
As all of us know that without insulin, many of you wouldn’t be reading this post, and I certainly wouldn’t be here to write it - we'd be dead.
Since my 33rd Diaversary is just a few days away, this fact hits home now more than ever.
Before Doctors Banting & Best discovered insulin, diabetes was indeed a death sentence. And while insulin is not a cure, insulin allows all of us to live.
And YES, a diabetes life certainly has its challenges - but a life without insulin wouldn’t equal a life at all.
Each of us would be only a memory to those that loved us.
Another great thing about the exhibit is that The Diabetes Research Institute has provided the exhibit with all the diabetes informational handouts – which tells me that the public will be getting the right information regarding our disease.
Every single person with diabetes can tell you that thanks to the press, most of the time the public gets diabetes ALL wrong.
In this case – the public will be getting all the correct facts on diabetes – THAT’S HUGE in my book!
Do I plan on attending?? Well, as I've stated in my previous Thank You to Dr's Banting's & Best,
If it hadn't been for them I never would have been:
"The girl who lived and is now a woman who IS.... and is BECOMING.
And I owe the fact that I am living to you both!
So YES, YOU BET I'm attending.
This is my chance to pay homage to them - and I wouldn't miss it for the world!
Are you going?
Museum & exhibition Ticket information can be found HERE.