As I have time, I'm going to chronicle my life with diabetes, and how I have begun taking better care of myself. Diabetes has changed my life in so many ways, as has running. Hopefully in a couple of weeks, maybe months, I'll be up to present day.
I was diagnosed with diabetes in September of 1999. Initially I thought I was dying, when I found out it was "just" diabetes, I was relieved. If diabetes is not taken seriously, it can be a very debilitating disease. I'm a Type 1 diabetic, meaning I'm insulin dependent (my body no longer produces insulin). Most diabetics in the world are Type 2, which means their bodies resist the insulin that their bodies create.
I often tell people that I feel that me contracting diabetes has been a blessing. Having to deal with the complexities of this disease has caused me to take better care of myself, and I think it will allow me to live a longer life.