Hello, I’m 47, T1D for 25yrs now. I have often thought of living outside the country in hopes of receiving government paid healthcare. I understand the allure of this idea and the fantasy of something ‘different’. As mentioned though, in Joe’s reply, with paid care, you are giving up the option for staying up with the newest and improved treatments. In my 25yrs of T1D, I have gone from 10xdaily urine tests for blood/sugar levels to the CGM which I wear today. I’ve gone from painful 8xday needle injections to the Insulin pump I now use.
Being that you are young, I can only assume many further advances in care for T1D will come in your lifetime. Without the individual health care we have in the U.S., you will most likely not be eligible for these advances in other countries. Just as many other countries now offering paid care, are not offering the CGMs and Pumps which I have come to depend upon.
I fully understand the financial burden, and I too feel tied to my current job due to the the insurance I receive. I have often felt diabetes has been a leash i’ve worn, keeping me from freely living the life I ‘could’ have lead.
As I get older, I am coming to realize that I may have fell into the trap of using diabetes as an ‘alibi’ for the life I could have lead.
Yes, innately, life is different and more demanding with diabetes. There were options closed to me earlier in life because of the disease. I only wish I hadn’t dwelled on the limits of the disease, and put more thought and energy into the ultimate challenges I had in overcoming whatever obsticles came my way.
All lives have obstacles; it’s how we deal with them that define us We, T1D, are not unique in that regard. Though another country will offer a different life, do not confuse different with better. Find improvement with what is, rather than wish for improvement in what could be.
I have decided to be present, and not to be come part of the ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ population, waiting out my exit. At 47yrs old, and with the advantages of the new health care technology, I weigh my particular baggage against the alternative.
I don’t mean this to be a Hallmark card reply; diabetes sucks. I will always wish I was never diagnosed with this disease. Yes, it has altered my life, but I will not let it define me. Thought not politically correct, diabetes is not my friend. But as they say, ‘keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.’
Good luck to you,