Today has been a somber and reflective day for me. A very dear friend of mine has lost his courageous battle with cancer. While the strong Massachusetts winds shook the world around us last night, he left this world to be at peace. Today is also a day that I always respectfully acknowledge because it is the day that 21 years ago my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with diabetes. It is a disease that I am able to fight and I am so grateful that I can. Too many people I love have been lost to things that they are unable to battle and it's not fair. I have been more reflective today, more appreciative of what I have and a bit more desperate to hold onto those that I love. This was a moment that I captured while I was trying to get a new picture of myself to use on my website. He is still so little and still needs me so much all of the time. If I ask for a hug, he gives it. If I want to snuggle, he is the first one by my side. Today I have needed those comforts. I have fought my disease. I have climbed through hurdles. I have learned how to cope. My greatest wish has come true despite it all...I have become a mother. Sláinte to you and yours.