Like "Hi Dr. Gary, I live by the rule that nothing can hold you back but you. There are diabetics in all fields of employment including sports. I was working when I was diagnosed and never missed one day of work due to my diabetes. Were there days that I when I was having a high or low when I went to work, yes. I still went. Another co-worker and I were diagnosed at our Gala and she only missed two days but it was not due to her diabetes. The advantage we had was the CEO asked everyone for their results and asked how she could help us. Since we were the only two, when her sister was diagnosed she came to us for our help in helping her to learn how to help her sister. People think they should keep their diabetes a secret. That can be a big mistake because your co-workers and family could become your first responders should something happen to you and for all you know there are other diabetics where you work. Years ago, I worked for the State, my boss was Satan in disguise. Absolutely nothing was beneath her. I secretly learned her job and when she was in a bad accident, she made me acting manager. 4 years later they finally got enough to fire her thanks to a new Department Head. The day she was fired was 5 minutes after I started my 3-11 shift. The Department Head came into the Operators Room carrying a box and he literally put the box in my lap and said the unit is yours, fix it. The next day he asked me to come in early and because he was the Building Manager, he began to teach me everything about the building. I said to him, if you want me to also do your job, you have to raise my salary. He did and my raise came to roughly $900.00. The thing is this, learn your job duties and the duties of your boss and the jobs of everyone else in your department. Self educate. When you want a raise, ask for one. If you don't get it, look at in-house job openings. These are the jobs that are first filled in-house before people posted to the public. Redo your resume and add new job skills and submit your resume. The other thing to do is to take any notes you take from other people and put them in a file and take the file home. Your office and desk belong to the company and you have no idea who will look to see what you have or are doing and possibly sabotage you. I have seen that happen lots of times. When you are trying to move up, do not tell ANYONE. You have no idea who people know. Finally, speak up for yourself. If have found that the boss usually has no idea what their employees have learned or what new skills they have. If you have an idea on how to improve something you are doing, think about the pro's and con's. Write it out and again do it on you home computer (the server and computer belongs to the company). At a meeting where the boss is asking for new innovative ideas, share your idea and be able to explain the pro's and con's and how your idea may be modified. Ask for a trial run. If it works, kudos for you. If it doesn't at least you gave it a try. The one thing that will prevent you from moving ahead is the inability to work with others, poor attendance, lack of work ethics, not willing to make new changes and not speaking up for yourself. I also know that people hate rejection. You are NOT entitled to a raise, you EARN a raise.. Do not feel bad if you are turned down the first time. Ask why and when you are told, note it and make changes to do better. When you ask for a raise list all the skills and duties you have undertaken when you first got your job as it just might impress your boss enough to consider giving your raise. Diabetes will only hold you back if you allow it to do so. "