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D-Blog Day and my 6 thoughts about diabetes

November 9th is D-blog Day.  The topic for this year is 6 things I would like to tell people about diabetes.

1. Diabetes thinks it is immune to biological rules.  Any precise calculations as to how insulin should affect glucose levels is completely ignored.

2. Diabetes never takes a vacation or even a break.  That's ok because it doesn't really deserve one.

3. What might work for one person, rarely works for another.  And it hurts deeply to hear that following a diet and exercising regularly will work for you.

4. Because of #s 1, 2, and 3, Diabetics are strong.  Parents of diabetic children might be the strongest of us all.

5. Because of #4, you might feel like you are losing all of the battles, but you are winning the war.

6. The cure WILL come in our lifetime.  Believe in #5 and you will be ready for it when it gets here.

This probably reflects my feelings about having my feet in two different worlds right now.  Now that I am taking some insulin, I'm reliving so many memories.  But at the same time, I feel very hopeful for the future.  I'm getting ready for the Transplant Summit on Thursday.  Ironically, I started on insulin after I said I would speak at the Summit.  At first, I believed that the timing of this could not have been worse.  There were things that I could no longer say.  I'm no longer insulin independent.  Now that I have rewritten my talk a few times over, I realize that the timing is perfect for me.  It has made me reflect on what I still have and remember so many positive parts of this journey.  I still feel just great and with the help of my islets, I am still in control.  I feel very healthy and very grateful for this entire experience.  I'm looking forward to the opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings with people who are looking for hope.


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