During our first breakfast my fabulous Grassroots Team Leader, Mary, came over to say hi. As we chatted, she told me something that resonated with me and that I’ve often thought about over the past year. She said that at these events, she keeps a careful eye each morning to make sure all of the adult Type 1s on her team make it to breakfast and are accounted for. In short, she watches over us to make sure nothing happened while we were sleeping alone in our hotel rooms.
After living with diabetes for more than 33 years, or 3/4s of my life, one would think I have this down, right? But guess what? I don’t. I work hard and I do my best, but the truth is that diabetes can still throw a dangerous curve. It has happened to me. It has happened to those I love - off the top of my head Scott, Scully, Martin, Stephen and Kerri.
I try my hardest to live a confident and empowered diabetes life. I try not to focus too hard on the negative things about diabetes, and to instead celebrate the positives when I can find them. I try not to let too much fear creep in. But the truth is that even if I do every single thing right, there is always a chance diabetes will suddenly strike and there is a chance I won’t survive. That is the reality. That is a huge part of why I’ll be in D.C. this weekend meeting with our government representative to tell my story and yours. That is why we all need to do all we can to keep sharing the whole truth about life with diabetes.
I’m so thankful to know I have Pete watching over me when I’m at home. And I’m so thankful to know Mary will be watching over me this weekend.