Sunday September 21, 2014 marked 46 years of managing type 1 diabetes. I thank God that I am alive well. Thank my family and friends who have been there for me to hand me an O.J. or a bottle of coke to get me back up and at 'em. My lone regret is my doctor never told me about hypoglycemia unawareness and how to prevent it. My week in Deaconess Hospital in Boston getting treated I fondly recall the elderly Adult Diabetics who shared a room with me. They assured that in twenty years, 1988, diabetes will be cured. I have benefitted tremendously from so many improvements diabetes management. Blood glucose meters smaller than the palm of my hand let me know my BG in five seconds. Humalog and Lantus insulin are way better than Regular and NPH. The stores are excellent at listing the carbohydrates in food. The greatest improvement is the workers at the International Diabetes Center in St. Louis Park express their appreciation of the hard work they know I have done every day for 46 years just to be healthy today with a lone problem of hypoglycemia unawareness. God bless my dearly departed mother who was there every day for me in high school caring about my diabetes and never criticizing me for testing 2+ or 250+. She helped me learn it is only test, forgive myself and do my best to be healthy from now on. My father was there but he did not have the time to learn every detail involved in diabetes management. He was proud of my soccer play, my tennis play, acting in school plays, bicycling around Scotland the summer of '73 with my older sister who was kind enough to take regular breaks so I tested and managed my health. My fasting BG was 186 at 6:15. Not a number to be proud of but only a momentary number. In my supper group I feel blessed to be the first example some group members ever witness of a healthy diabetic. I meet people in their 50s and 60s whose parents died from diabetic complications and do my best to explain to them the human body's remarkable ability to heal itself if we give ourselves the chance to heal. Congratulations to the thousands of you who do everything you can to help yourself heal as you live an active life with diabetes. Diabetes is a daily fight but with diabetes we are blessed to have the ability to manage our healing. Thanks to all of you for being here.
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