I spend a lot of time figuring out how to get out of Type 1 diabetes (i.e., a cure) and complaining about Type 1. After 27 years, I still find things to complain about. But, I know it could be a lot worse and maybe I should just take time every now and again to smell the roses.
1) We can bring food and drink where it's forbidden.
2) Carb counting is second nature.
3) We are attuned to our bodies. We learn early on to pay attention and if something does not seem right, we know it right away.
4) It's party time when our blood sugar is good!
5) It's a bigger party when our A1C is good!
6) We can mess with people . . .
"What are you doing?"
7) Sometimes our public low blood sugars will get us a free juice or candy bar. And hey, who doesn't like free?
8) We get a confidence in knowing that the disease does not control us . . . we control it. It can and will retaliate, but we get it back in line.
9) We feel a tremendous relief when our lab tests come back showing that nothing has gotten worse. A relief that calls for a bottle of wine! Or a stiff drink with diet soda.
10) There is an excitement in the air when a new Type 1 product becomes available.