Today, November 14th, marks Frederick Banting's birthday, which in turn marks World Diabetes Day.
Usually, for me, November 14th marks a day of celebration and thankfulness that Banting, along with Charles Best, discovered insulin, the very thing I need to live.
This year, however, World Diabetes Day feels very different, following what happened in Paris yesterday evening. This year, my heart is heavy, mourning a city, a country, that was my home, albeit for a short period of time.
Then I saw the below posted on Twitter, reminding me that's okay to acknowledge the two side by side. Hence me writing at 11pm.
On social media outlets last night, I saw how the world came together: #prayforfrance #porteouverte and the lighting up monuments in the colours of the French flag.
I see how the diabetes community comes together regularly.
It supports, it advises (non-medically speaking), it listens.
It campaigns, it encourages, it cares.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, the DOC is there.
People, on the whole, are good. And people, on the whole, care. I see that on a daily basis, with my family, friends, colleagues, and those I interact with online.
And I've seen it over the last 24 hours following the attacks in Paris last night.
Let's keep on coming together for good.