HR 810 - Stem Cell Research
You are reading this blog. That means that you are affected in some way by diabetes.
It may be your children. It may be your parents or your grandparents. It may be the nice kid you sit next to on the subway during the morning commute. It may be the author of the book you just read. It may be the CEO of your company. It may be your partner.
It may be you.
Every minute of every day. That’s how often diabetes affects life. Every second is kissed by this condition. While we all live every day with this disease, it is a tough journey sometimes. So much effort to live normal, healthy lives. And we do our best. Our very best. Taking each step with courage and determination and the knowledge that a cure could be within our lifetime.
Our lives are full. We have successes and failures. We have careers and make contributions to our society. We are strong sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. Our lives will not suffer the consequences of this condition without a fight.
And we’ll keep fighting.
For at least another five years.
Because with one penstroke, Mr. George W. Bush pushed the cure for diabetes, and for many other diseases, just out of reach again. He said the bill would have crossed a line and “once crossed, we would find it impossible to turn back.”
I am not advocating the killing of a child. I’m talking about saving one.
And I don’t want to turn back. I’m tired of the “Five More Years Promise.” The possibility of a cure is a bitter taste I wake up with in my mouth. I want my chance. I am twenty-seven years old and I want my chance to experience my life without diabetes. Diabetes will never quiet my ambition or temper my dreams, but it has the potential to shorten my life. This September will mark my twentieth year with diabetes and I want nothing more than to feel strong and hopeful for my healthy future.
“In our zeal for new treatments and cures, America must never abandon our fundamental morals,” is the response he gave. Our fundamental morals? Protecting human life?
Mr. Bush, what about our lives?