Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 3: The Glucose Goddess Skydiving

I’ve been meaning to tell this tale of Facing Your Fears since the summer — but maybe put it off ’cause I’m just so scared of heights that the whole concept makes me tremble. But she did it! Our Lady of Glucose Laughs, Laura Menninger, a fellow Type 1 who was told she could never engage in such adventures, actually jumped from a plane last July…!

Glucose_goddessQuick background: Laura is by trade a surgical technologist who was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 34. She was initially depressed, but had a vision of LIV-abetes vs. diabetes that has led her to become the premiere comedienne for this disease. Visit her, tiara and all, at Livabetes.com.

Here’s what she wrote to me about her jump:

What would make a person jump out of a perfectly good plane? To expand my
‘LIVabetes comfort zone’! I just did a SKYDIVE/SKYLIVE at 11,000 feet in the
air yesterday to celebrate my upcoming 41st birthday and 7 years with
LIVabetes!! It was so incredibly AWESOME!!!!! What a thrill!!
Skydive03

Diabetes imposes on three of life’s most precious commodities, Time, Freedom and
the enjoyment of Sweeties! But let me tell you girl, there is no more ‘free’
feeling in the world than freefalling at 135 miles per hour for a mile! And
then
coasting/floating above the air ever so peacefully as one of God’s winged ones!
I think that has to be the closest feeling to flying that you could get. And
What a spectacular and breathgiving view!!

I would
do it again in a heartbeat but I have to tell you that on th
e waiver/release of
liability page where I signed my life away, there was a page that asked about
health conditions and more specifically said you could not do it if you had
diabetes mellitus and were insulin dependant! Oh crap! After waiting my whole
life for this opportunity and driving 1+ hours to get there, I decided to sign
it anyway and pursue my dream.

It was
more than worth it!!

Hope
all is well,

With
Freedom, Peace, Laughter, Love and Lantus, and fellow pin
cushion,

Laura
The LIVabetes Glucose Goddess!

PS – Based on Laura’s “just-do-it” tactics here, I originally planned to title this post, “Little White FLIGHT.” He, he.

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2 Responses

  1. Kassie
    Kassie January 9, 2006 at 8:18 am | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Laura: You are the Wind beneath My Wings girl!

  2. Violet
    Violet January 9, 2006 at 1:07 pm | | Reply

    Cool :)

    I’m curious: anybody know what the deal is with the insulin exclusion? Can’t you just test before you jump to make sure you’re not low?

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