On Being Diagnosed

“I was diagnosed June 9, 1989. I’ll never forget it. It was the end of my freshman year of high school. I didn’t know what was going on. I just knew I was losing weight, thirsty all the time, wasn’t hungry. I think I lost about 20 pounds. But it was when I stopped sleeping through the night, where I was literally getting up every hour to go to the bathroom, that it was like ‘Okay, something’s not right here.'”

“The first thing they did was check my blood sugar. ‘You’re 326, you’re a type 1 diabetic.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know what that means.’ But I got my first shot of insulin there, and that was the first time I slept through the night in a long time.”


On Living with Diabetes

“No matter what you do, it’s always with you. You don’t get a break from it. That’s the thing. You don’t get a break.”

“It does factor into everything you do because you have to think: what am I eating, how long is that gonna stick with me, if I eat this plus that, what’s it gonna do? You’re constantly making these micro-adjustments.”

“I want to make sure that I’m around to enjoy time with my wife, enjoy traveling, seeing the nieces and the nephews grow up. So, every year, religiously, I get my eye exam, and I always just cross my fingers until my ophthalmologist says, ‘No changes due to diabetes this year.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ve made it through one more year where diabetes has not done anything to my eyes.’ Thank God.”


On dQ&A

“It’s good to see that people want to hear what we have to say. I know when I started, many of the companies were just like, ‘Here’s the latest and greatest diabetes widget.’ Whether or not you wanted it, this is what you’re getting. But now there’s companies that are using services like yours to say, ‘Well what do you want? We’re thinking of doing this. What do you think?’ It’s nice to actually be asked. Because, at the end of the day, I’m the one that’s going to be using this day in and day out.”


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