I wrote the post pure voice a while back when an article, written by a ten year old named Calvin Kocher, was printed in my local paper. Well his dad wrote me then, to let me know that a film was going to be made about Calvin in the upcoming months. I just received a new comment from Calvin's dad today, to let me know that a short video about Calvin could be seen at google video here. It's wonderful. More accurately, I think Calvin is wonderful. And his dad and family are wonderful. And my god, Calvin's insights are so absolutely on the mark. Straight on, direct, eloquent, all in the voice of a very wise child. There are a number of poignant moments within the video, like when Calvin talks about diabetes being the hardest day to day disease, barring AIDS or cancer. Or the time when he says he would like to eat sometime, ravenously, without having to test or worry about insulin. But what got me the most was the very last sequence of the video, when Calvin talks about how every day, every drink, every number, every bolus, every crumb of food, every thing he does, matters. "I have to keep fighting, if I want to survive," he says. In 7 short minutes, Calvin sums up so much of what it means to have diabetes, purely, in a way that goes straight to the heart of the story.
Huge thanks to Calvin's father for sharing this video and Calvin's story with the world.