Getting the tattoo was not very painful at all, we both got them with no problems. I did not get the tattoo to get attention or to be cool. I have wanted this tattoo for the past year because diabetes is who I am. The tattoo is now my permanent medical alert bracelet. The tattoo is not going anywhere, I could always do anything as a diabetic but now if something happens blood sugar wise while I'm on the bike, at work, coaching, or just out grocery shopping whoever finds me will know I'm a type 1 diabetic. I have ruined numerous medical alert bracelets over the past twenty-two years, if I crash while on the bike I can guarantee that the bracelet will break. With the tattoo I may get some road rash but when someone finds me I'm 99.9% sure they will be able to see the tattoo.
The tattoo itself has a lot of meaning, I put in the diabetes blue circle symbol for everyone that is living with diabetes. It is for everyone that has come before me, they have done so much to make my life with diabetes better. It is for all of the people I know that are living with diabetes, it is for people like John that make living with diabetes look simple. Finally it is for everyone that has helped me get my diabetes under control and helped me get my life back. Everyday I see the tattoo I will smile, knowing that I'm very lucky to be alive and that I should enjoy the day and give my best in everything I do.