I wouldn’t say I’m a slave to diabetes, but I AM constantly aware of my condition, what I’m doing and of course what I eat - what I eat can be countered by knowledgeable adjustment. In my lifetime, there isn’t anything that I wanted to do where diabetes held me back - that includes recreational activities such as bike riding, advanced alpine skiing for several consecutive days and sports. I’ve worked at manual trades, building, painting, roofing as well as desk jobs up to and including being CEO of a well known national corporation and didn’t let diabetes stop me even with cross country flights and meetings that disturbed meal patterns - OK, some people told me I was foolish.
Just this fall, I sat between two of my sisters at a wedding banquet [well was with them for a few days of wild parting] and they reminded me of the anxiety I caused our mother - yes they all worried about me but let me run my life. I was brought up in a big family and wasn’t treated any differently than my six siblings - and I wasn’t told until forty year later that doctors were giving me no more than five years - medical thought in the 1950’s.
Yes now in my mentoring capacities, I tell newly diagnosed, and parents of, to live a full, active, productive and fulfilling life and manage diabetes well to make this happen.