Wednesday, May 15, 2013

D-Blog Week 2013: Memories

Today's topic: Memories

Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere.... your or your loved one's diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share. 

Several years ago as I was leaving a gig, a heavy door closed unexpectedly. My cello slipped out of my hand and fell. It was only a few inches, but far enough to snap my cello's neck. I couldn't afford to repair my cello. Every time I tried to save money, something went wrong. Two years went by. My cello stayed broken. My heart was broken, too.

Fast forward to early 2012. I decided to start this blog. I started posting about life with MG and diabetes. I also had a Donate button, asking people to help me fix my cello. I didn't think anyone would help. I didn't think anyone would care.

I was wrong.

Thanks to the generosity of the Diabetes Online Community I raised enough money to fix my cello.

 Having my cello back healed something inside me that medicine could never fix. I remember going to the repair shop and getting my cello back. My hands trembled when I paid for the repair with money gifted to me by people in the DOC.

I remember holding my cello in my arms, resting my cheek on his shoulders. I felt his long neck, all the grooves my hands have made in his wood. My cello was home and so was I. The cello hug I needed came from the DOC.

Sir Barclay is 50. We have been making music together for 30 years. I never thought I would ever feel that cello embrace again. Now I receive it every time I play. Every bow stroke, every note I play, are thanks to the DOC. Remembering your generosity lights my world.

In the coming months, I want to give back the gift. I am creating a one woman show about thriving with diabetes. I will share stories and advocacy set to music. I performed a one woman show about myasthenia gravis and disability advocacy for audiences as diverse as the United States government, civic groups, VA groups, and churches. Using my cello to lift up others, to heal, to encourage and embolden is why I am called the cello bard. I am looking forward to sharing my music and stories with as many people in the DOC as possible. The DOC saved my cello not just for me, but so I can share it with you. I want to play the cello for you so we can make new memories, ones that shine like the sun on difficult days.


  1. Love this post, and I'm so proud that we, as a community, were able to help you in such a profound way. Lots of love, my friend.

  2. Right on sista! Music is that of an ancient healing art.

  3. This is one of the most beautiful stories I've read.

    Thank you, Marie, for all that you are.



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