Who knows Birdie? Who loves her like I do? Her blog, Aiming for Grace, always offers a combination of the most compelling images and simple words about living with diabetes that stop you in your tracks. It's the purity of the them that gets you. For example, this recent post about the compulsion to explain ourselves to perfect strangers.
Well, when Birdie marked 20 years of living with Type 1 diabetes in March 2006, she wanted to commemorate it in some way. On the flight home from a business trip that year, she began to jot down a list of "20 things I really knew about my life with diabetes."
"What suddenly occurred to me is that I knew a lot about diabetes and that my experience had its own tone," she writes.
These 20 things, along with Birdie's unique eye for abstract photography, eventually became this lovely little book:
American Diabetes Association Names New CEO
Non-profit leader Kevin L. Hagan named as new chief exec of national diabetes org after six-month search.
FDA Approves New Basal Insulin
Sanofi's Troujeo has 'flatter profile' of action that helps to avoid lows.
Daytona Win for Racecar Driver with Diabetes!
Type 1 driver Ryan Reed wins first NASCAR series race at Daytona on Feb. 21.
With just a single sentence on each pair of pages, it doesn't say much. But it speaks to me in ways I can't describe.
Even though we still don't have a clue as to Birdie's true identity, I think you'll agree that her blog posts and this little book make you feel a strong and tangible connection to a kindred spirit striving to live the PWD life with dignity and grace.
[Self-published, available for purchase off Birdie's site for the non-too-economical price of $25.95 for the paperback version. An investment? Or a touching gift?]