Over time I have learned to love my diabetes and the challenges that it presents each and everyday. My love for diabetes is at an all time high and now my Facebook is littered with articles about a bionic pancreas and a possible cure. I may be all by myself when I say this but "without diabetes who am I?"
If a cure does come along how do I go from living with diabetes for twenty seven years to not having to care for a condition that made me who I am today. I have a feeling that I would be the Brett Favre of diabetes, I love this condition and would be lost without it. I can't imagine my life without diabetes and that scares me a little. Yes I would love all of the good that came with a cure. Kate and my parents could finally sleep when I'm away, they could relax when I'm out training . That's all well and good but what about me? What about my diet, the cycling and the endurance athlete I have become, does all of that go away as soon as a cure comes along? Without diabetes would I care about what food I eat, would I care about hydration and how my body responds to certain foods. Would I be excited about an hour lunch because it means I could get a run in?
For twenty seven years I have been hearing about a cure, until this year I never paid attention to the articles about a cure. The truth is we are getting closer, will a cure be found in five, ten or fifty years, I don't know. All I can do is take it one day at a time and live my life with diabetes to the best of my ability. I will enjoy each day, I will smile when I wake because I have another day to live, I will smile when I have a good blood sugar and I will enjoy my life. With or without diabetes this life is all I have, I might as well enjoy it!!