When anyone is first diagnosed with diabetes we all expect the worse. Don't get me wrong the diagnosis is not something that is easy, but we have all sat there and heard the worse. Then one day it all hits us, just like the post above. Diabetes presents new challenges each and every day, week and year. Once you get an understanding of how to control your diabetes while exercising or working you move on to the next challenge. For the athlete maybe it is going from a 5k to a 10k, when it comes to you and your diabetes the jump is not that easy. As time passes the jump to a new challenge does not get easier for someone living with diabetes. We have more knowledge going in to a new diabetes challenge but that knowledge doesn't make it easier. That is where the fear comes from.
I can only speak for myself, I don't know what challenges Matt faced as a child. After reading this post I cried because it made me think of my parents and my wife. When I was little I didn't know what diabetes could do, I went on with my life after diagnosis. I wanted to keep playing baseball, futbol, and basketball. My parents let me and I thank them for that, it wasn't easy sitting in the stands watching your child that is living with diabetes compete in a sport. The worry in their head must have had them going crazy. The post above made me think about Leanne, I go off for bike rides and runs for hours on end. Each time I head out the door I hear, "Be careful, I love you." As I say "I love you too" and head out the door all I'm worried about is that climb that is waiting for me an hour in to my ride. Leanne is worried about if I'm coming home, she's worried that I didn't have enough to eat or that my blood sugar will crash. That has never happened but she will never stop worrying.
Matt will go on to race his bike all over the world and I guarantee his mother will have the faucet of tears going when he does. For anyone that is a caregiver of someone living with diabetes those tears mean a lot. The mean fear because they know what can happen to someone with diabetes. They are also happy tears because of how often parents, husbands and wives, and siblings have heard about what someone with diabetes can't do, or how they should not be living. Yet as diabetics we live and we push the envelope, we control our diabetes our diabetes does not control us!! As diabetics we are conditioned to be stronger and take more challenges because we have diabetes. We know what our caregivers go through, we want to see our caregivers crying tears of joy because we are doing something that we were told we would never be able to do. From being the CEO of a company or racing in the Tour de France people with diabetes are doing amazing things!!
I have been living with diabetes for almost 25yrs and I must say that I don't show my diabetes emotion publicly. I don't even share my diabetes emotion with my wife. I believe that many people living with diabetes are the same way. We all know about what could happen and what people say we can or can't do. The diabetes community is one that wise beyond its years, I believe anyone that is living with diabetes is actually ten years older than their real age. Matt is 17 and that post sounds like it is from a forty year old man that has a very good idea about what the world is about. Diabetes takes its toll on us, we all have a weekly or monthly diabetes cry. To be honest I'm going to have one as soon as I finish with this post and then I will sit down in my man cave for another thirty minutes so Leanne doesn't ask me what is wrong.
To finish up I would like to thank Matt for letting me share his post. I have never met Matt and only added him on Facebook because he is a part of Team Novo Nordisk. Since seeing this post I have emailed Matt and I must say that he is a very classy and professional man. He is only 18 and just graduated high school yet he is a man. I wish Matt and his family the best moving forward, Matt will change the diabetes world and his entire family will have another meal where they all sit down, cry and reflect on that has gone in to making Matt the person and diabetic that he has become.
One last side note, look at the people in the corner of the picture. They are clearly looking at Matt and his mother, do they have any idea what they are talking about?