This is a topic that came up for discussion at a meet-up I attended with a group of other Type 1s here in NYC. We were all different ages, from early 20s to early 60s, some pumpers, some on injection therapy; some relatively recently diagnosed and some with it for decades.
The question is: How big a burden to you is having diabetes?
The reason I pose the question is that there was a significant divergence of opinion, with some of us saying it was an enormous burden, running through virtually every aspect of our lives, and others saying it was not that big a burden or that they had other burdens which were greater.
My personal take is that it is a big burden, taking up about an hour a day with blood tests, carb counting and food measuring, pump and sensor maintenance, making sure I have all my emergency stuff with me, thinking about food and blood sugar and exercise, checking what's new on the OC (definitely not a burden, but something that I would not do if diabetes was not part of my life), etc.
Next Discussion: I'm trying not to freak out »