I truly love my diabetes. I’m often asked, “Where would you be without diabetes?” I would be a bum; I wouldn’t have that drive inside of me to succeed. Diabetes pushes me every single day of my life, without it I’d be a twenty-nine year old male that acts like he’s still in college. I’d be stuck in a job where I do the same thing day in and day out. I’d bring home my paycheck and then party Friday and Saturday nights. I would go on repeating this week in and week out. With diabetes I never stop wanting to be better. Every day I push myself to have better control of my blood sugar and this carries over to my everyday life, I push myself in everything that I do. I don’t ride a bike to see the scenery of New England, I ride a bike because I want to race and I want to win. I want to win a race and show myself and my disease that you may have held me down but now I’m going to kick your butt. My diabetes pushes me to be a better son and a better husband. I want my blood sugars to be perfect so I don’t have the mood swings that accompany low and high blood sugar. I want to show my athletes that you will have a lot of challenges in your life but to keep fighting, I use my diabetes as a way to show my athletes that you can come back from the worst problems in your life. I should have never been where I was when I was in my early twenties, but somehow I have come back and I’m finally living the life I should.
Diabetes and I go together like peas and carrots. (A little Forrest Gump humor) I owe my life to diabetes. I couldn’t ask for a better terminal disease. I’m in control of my disease!!! If my blood sugar is low or high it’s no ones fault but my own. I love that!!! I coach and ride a bike because for the most part I control what happens. I love that pressure, if something goes wrong in a game or I crash my bike or my blood sugars 400 its nobody’s fault but my own. I didn’t choose to have diabetes but if I had the choice between a normal life and a life with diabetes, I would choose the life with diabetes every time. Diabetes has made me the person that I am and that is why I’m involved in raising awareness of Diabetes. I want people living with Diabetes to see the good of the disease. It is a disease that is what you make of it. If you have a negative attitude expect negative results but if your positive I believe you will see the gift that diabetes is.