Diabetes sucks. However, we can't ignore the copious amounts of ailments that there are in the world. Having diabetes doesn’t have to mean anything more than, “I have diabetes.”
With all the technology that type 1 diabetics have to control and monitor blood sugars there is no reason to feel inhibited from doing anything life has to offer. When I was first diagnosed at the age of nine I was horrified to go to sleep-overs and even more nervous to partake in activities that risked my peers finding out my secret. As I grew up I realized diabetes was just another thing I had to take care of. I have not let diabetes interfere with my life. We can do anything: bike around Europe, eat cakes, run marathons, be crowned Miss America, etc… It’s easy to get frustrated with A1C’s, high and low blood sugars and wondering exactly how many carbs are in restaurant meals. No one said life was easy. Luckily there are support systems such as these and through doctor/patient relationships that can help us resolve the many irritations that go along with not having a functioning pancreas.
I suppose the message I’m trying to send is, ‘diabetes is only as serious as you let it be.’
On the other hand, thank you science for coming up with a way to fake having a pancreas and allowing me to feel bionic—isn’t that the direction Lady Gaga and the rest of the media is taking us?
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