Hi Michael @Mjhaskin, during my more than 60 years living well and very actively I’ve had many other “complications” but for the most part I don’t blame them on diabetes - for instance, there are more people who DO NOT have diabetes who develop heart complications which I have had] and die from them than do people with diabetes. Nephrology and neuropathy are commonly associated with diabetes but I know more people without diabetes who have those conditions. Yes, it is easy to blame diabetes.
I will blame my total disregard for my diabetes for the retinopathy with which I have been dealing since diagnosis in 1966; yeah, many surgeries the latest being last month. Other than for my recent [successful] eye surgery last month, I have been under total anesthesia six  other times since 2010 to fix other stuff that has broken down. How do I deal with these setbacks? I go at these things with an open mind, and think positive that I will come out on top - yeah, pushing 80 and I’ve out lived almost half of my high-school graduating class. Just think positive.
Look back a few years and you will see that what we now call “TypeOne” was called “juvenile diabetes” and that was for good reason - when I was diagnosed in the 1950’s life expectancy said I would never see adulthood. Yes, I give thanks everyday when I put my feet on the floor and walk and look forward to a full and active day.