My Diaversary

Silicone eyes
By Silicone eyes Latest Reply 2014-06-09 08:54:09 -0500
Started 2014-06-07 13:00:57 -0500

Not positive on the exact date, somewhere within a few days of today 27 years ago, my life changed forever. Some days when I think about how I abused my body, both intentionally or carelessly, I can't believe I've made it to my 40's. I don't know why it is hitting me this year, I've never thought much about it much before.
I've been trying to be a glass 1/2 full kind of a guy about this the last year or so, ie; I am blind in one eye to give everyone else a sporting chance to catch me, plus nobody can pull off an eye patch like I can. Rather than being upset that almost 30 years later, we are still that magical 5 years from a cure, I look at the advances in the treatments that we have. Insulins work twice as fast, or last twice as long, needles are microscopic compared to what they used to be, my pump doses to 0.000 of a unit every 6 minutes, we have CGM's, meters can be held in the palm of your hand (not like a brick) and work in 5 seconds, not 45 seconds. Maybe my attitude and utilizing some of this new technology has helped me have the best control I've ever had this past year.
So, while having this disease will always suck, my glass is half full, I am in the 50% of the living T1's from my high school

4 replies

wraithmb 2014-06-09 08:54:09 -0500 Report

An excellent and inspirational post. It's quite often difficult to stay positive day to day, but reading this and knowing that each one of us is not alone is a big help to everyone! As James says… Everyday above ground is a good one!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-06-08 19:22:08 -0500 Report

Hi Silicone eyes,

I really appreciate your honesty as you shared your story here. You have an incredible attitude. You certainly have a half full perspective on life. You are an inspiration!

And you're right, technology has made a big difference! With more advances on the way.

Thank you, my friend!


jayabee52 2014-06-07 15:32:57 -0500 Report

Howdy silicone!
Congratulations on your great attitude toward your T1.

I also have made some really foolish choices in my life with diabetes and have suffered the consequences, but as is said: "Every day above ground is a plus."

Praying you continue that great attitude

IronOre 2014-06-07 14:26:40 -0500 Report

I too got diabetes as a freshman in HS, in the middle of October.
I am 53 years old now, and doing great.
As far as a cure goes, just forget about it.
I would like to go back when I was a kid and needed only two shots a day of the animal based insulin. I did great on that.
If only there could be better ways to test ~ I'd be much happier.
Oh btw, I am a diabetic 39 years this October, and intend to make it to at least 60 years.