“Back before you had to bolus for it,” Brad said when reminiscing about college weekends and late night snack trips to get these amazing pretzel melts.
“It’s pretty amazing to see how much work goes into taking care of yourself with diabetes,” he continued. “So many people abuse the ability to make insulin, or use the crap out of it rather. They take it for granted.”
While that didn’t make my pancreas envy any better, it did make me feel better about who I’ve chosen to spend my life with.
Today is World Diabetes Day.
November 14th celebrates the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, discovered insulin as a life-saving treatment for diabetes in 1922. Today, I celebrate being diagnosed with diabetes after this discovery, because had I lived a century ago, I would not have lived for very long.
I celebrate each of the 20-30 units of smelly, clear liquid that my body receives to stay alive.
There are people with different types of diabetes and people who love someone with diabetes getting involved today (and year round) to raise awareness and fight for a cure.
I am thankful for insulin, but it’s only a treatment. It’s not a cure.