The birthmark you cover up or the scar you got when you were younger, it’s the glasses that you wear or the freckle on your cheek, for Zara Ramsay-Nortley, it’s her insulin pump. To you they are imperfections, they “draw the attention away” from you, but its these imperfections that make you perfect. They are yours and no one else’s; they enhance, not diminish.
Zara Ramsay-Nortley, the reigning Miss Galaxy England, was diagnosed at the
young age of three with Type 1 Diabetes, “TD1”. Type 1 Diabetes, per the American Diabetes Association is when “the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body.”
When Zara was diagnosed, insulin pumps weren’t readily available like they are today, as a young child she would use syringes to get the insulin she needed and as advances were made eventually used “flex pens”. For years she would avoid getting an insulin pump and although they have been around for quite some time, it wasn’t until eight months ago that she decided it was time.
It was a statement from her father that inspired her, simple, but powerful, “if you couldn’t see you would wear glasses, so if your pancreas doesn’t work, do something about it”. What would it mean if we applied this statement to all areas, what if instead of seeing our flaws as something to hide, we see them as something that we have.
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
Song of Songs 4:7
Zara’s TD1 isn’t a FLAW, it doesn’t need to be hidden; it’s beautiful and inspiring. At 24 I was faced with the idea that I might someday become TD1, I became anxious about the “what if” and there isn’t a day that I don’t think about it. BUT today I am not anxious, because Zara and so many others inspire me. They live everyday with TD1 and it doesn’t stop them from all they are meant to be. Beauty, confidence and who we are, are in our flaws.
February 25, 2017 is the JDRF Walk and I along with my daughter will be walking for those that we love who courageously live with TD1 every day and if you would like to help us make a difference please click here.