My name is Andrew. At the time of this writing I have had type 1 diabetes for 23 years, having been formally diagnosed at the age of 5 on September 29th, 1987. Suffice to say, this marked a major turning point in the course of my life. It was rather traumatic to have the news that I was going to have to prick my fingers and inject insulin handed down to me at the age of 5. But, in the grand scheme of things I got off pretty easy. There are so many diseases, disorders, syndromes, etc. that are much, much worse. My life has not been all that different from anyone who enjoys the luxury of properly functioning beta (insulin producing) cells, aside from the odd ride in an ambulance and periodic bouts of confusion, stumbling and having to pee a lot. I am not sure just how my life would be different had I not been diagnosed as having type 1 diabetes. Frankly, that is irrelevant as that is my reality at present. But, I have learned a great deal over the years.
As I continue to evolve and learn I hope that this blog will follow in kind. I have a passion for learning about the body that I hope is manifest in my writing and posts. I hope that through sharing what I have learned I can contribute in some way to making diabetes nothing more than an obscure footnote in the history books. We are living in a time of rapid evolution and progress.
If you know someone with diabetes, please let them know about this blog. Knowledge is power. If enough people put their heads together on this one I have no doubt a solution can be found.