There is this thing with being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. After meeting and discussing this with many d-peeps it appears to be universal and international. It doesn’t seem to matter whether your diagnosis was in the 70s, 80s, 90s, or later. Perhaps it is a question to exit medical school.

QUESTION: “What do you tell patients when they are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes?”

ANSWER: “A cure is about five years down the road.”

I get it, optimism is cheerful, and when being diagnosed with a condition for the rest of your life, hope soothes your nervous system just a tad.

 As a senior in college, five years after diagnosis, my diabetes was still there!

Living with diabetes, you adjust your expectations as you near, sit in, and slowly depart that five-year mark like a train leaving the rail-station. Slow and hesitant at first, resisting but inevitable.

Diabetes adds a thousand decisions to each day. Food, stress, exercise, hydration, insulin, device management, sleep, and many variables impact or can impact (no guarantees) your glucose levels.

Hope plays a role, agreed.