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T3 Perspective

My opinion has never changed since you were diagnosed at 6 – hope for a cure, which isn’t coming tomorrow; in the meantime, we need to work for a cure ALONG WITH lifestyle support for T1′s and T2′s, who – after all and regardless of anything else! – have to go on living without the cure day after day after day, while the ill effects of D cumulatively pile on and add up. And the very best support we have now is simply: education and focus – we need to TEACH kids how to LIVE with D as they grow up and go out on their own, most of all how to PREVENT and REACT to situations, whether or not they have ANY meters drugs, pumps, or other gizmos  to help them, because the best technology will always fail some of us some of the time, but education and focus give them the best chance of a good outcome no matter what happens. We didn’t teach YOU to BE a diabetic, we taught you to LIVE with your diabetes, so that YOU could pursue your own lifestyle and still function within the limits of your D, no matter what, and especially if we weren’t around to help.

When we started with you it was more primitive than most current T3′s know – we decided your insulin dose by using dip strips in your pee! And even then we had to compare colors printed on the side of a vial! We learned that we needed to keep your in a RANGE of BGL’s, not aim for a specific number, which was literally impossible – and may still be for most D’s. We had to spend months – at least 6 on my part – closely watching you for reactions, since you tended to go hypo without any perceptible symptoms, and we had very little or no warning that you were going to simply pass out. And then we spent years teaching you to co-exist with food; to see it as your ally instead of being forbidden or a subject of jealousy, which was all too easy to fall into.

Now I look at you – a young woman in the prime of her life, and a 25 year plus veteran of T1 diabetes!!!

What a victory for common sense! I’m so proud of you and all you’ve become and packed into your life so far, and can’t help remind you of all that lies ahead for you – you can be whatever you work at being, if you simply….. don’t give up, don’t give in, and above all, don’t be stupid……

Love you
Dad

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