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Re: [IP] New York



Thanks for the lovely email.
Catherine

--- Denise Guerin <email @ redacted> wrote:
> I live near Manhasset Bay in Port Washington,  Long
> Island New York. From
> the Bay I watched the  Twin Towers burn, thick dark
> smoke against a
> perfectly blue sky and I cried.  Part of the parking
> field was emptied to
> allow emergency personnel to use the Bay to go to
> Manhattan  by boat to
> bring needed supplies.
> 
> I was reminded of 1957 when I lived in Canada and my
> father told me that
> nuclear war was imminent.  He had made arrangements
> with the local
> pharmacist to give me two years supply of insulin if
> I showed up and
> requested it , no questions asked.  I was told that
> I might be called at
> school and told to go home, at any time.  I was to
> pick up the insulin  and
> if separated from the family I was to hitchhike to
> the family  country house
> where we might have to stay for two years.
> 
> I was seventeen at the time, diagnosed at fourteen. 
> The summer passed
> uneventfully but I stayed in a state of shock.  I
> knew that I did not want
> to be a survivor but felt morally obligated to keep
> myself alive. It was a
> huge conflict and was to affect affect my whole
> life.  I later worked with
> refugees and immigrants in many capacities  and
> learned from them the
> horrors of war.  My personal war with diabetes
> gave me the compassion necessary to help these
> people.
> 
> Yesterday when the towers burned, I had just had the
> Minimed Continuous
> Sensor removed after wearing it for four days. I was
> grateful.  I knew I was
> in better shape at age 61 than I was at 17 and my
> pump Mamie was at my side
> making things ever so much easier.  I know it is my
> responsibility to stay
> as healthy as I can and to help anyone that God
> sends my way.  There will be
> many as many Port Washington residents worked at the
> Trade Center and when I
> walk down to the Bay this morning, I can expect to
> meet many people who will
> need my listening ear and the hugs that I can
> dispend freely.
> 
> To all pumpers who are frightened or sad and their
> families, a gentle
> reminder.  You are fighting personal wars every day
> just to stay alive, just
> to take care of your families.  You have tremendous
> experience in meeting
> adversity.   You are precious resources in courage
> and strength and will
> surely be called to share this  in the days ahead.
> Do so as you already help
> one another on this list.
> 
> With all my Love
> 
> Denise Guerin
> Type 1 47 years
> Minimed 507 3 years
>
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