The couple months since my re-diagnosis from Type 2 to Type 1 have been a real challenge for me. I’ve had to wrap my head around researching a very different disease from what I learned the initial four months about Type 2, and have had to try to accept that I will be dependent upon insulin for the rest of my life.
Not to mention dealing the frustrations of my current insulin regime not lowering my blood sugar as fast as my doctor and I want it to. Doc has had me on Levemir for 7 weeks, initially 10ml twice a day, then switched one month in to 12ml twice a day. Yet, my blood sugar still often goes above 300 when checking 2 hours after eating. Most of the time, it’s in the mid to high 200s, and on occasion between 180 to 200. I feel fairly confident that my doctor will have to soon have me add short-acting insulin injections into the mix.
All of this has had me a bit bummed since this re-diagnosis.
While venting my frustrations recently on Facebook, a longtime friend (we go back to kindergarten) gave me a much-needed perspective check.
My friend, in his mid-40s like me, battled cancer several years ago — pancreatic cancer. In order to fight and overcome this killer disease, my friend had to intentionally choose Type 1 diabetes as a cure. You see, his only chance was to have his pancreas removed. His doctors told him that he would instantly become a Type 1 diabetic. My friend said this was a no-brainer decision for him and his wife. Yes, they were aware of the severity of him becoming a Type 1, and the possible complications from it. But, this meant he would get to see his two young daughters grow up. Keeping the pancreas, and the cancer, would deprive him of life with his wife and girls. Type 1 diabetes meant life and family.
When I get really frustrated with my diabetes and let myself get down, I try to remember my friend’s testimony. I needed to hear this.
Sadly, my friend was just diagnosed with another type of cancer and will soon start treatment. He has such an incredibly positive attitude and a strong Christian faith. I still have so much to learn from his example.