Thanksgiving: Reasons Why Diabetics Should Be Thankful
Let’s be honest – often times when we talk about our daily lives with diabetes, we tend to focus on the negative – the things we can’t do, our limitations, the challenges that we need to overcome that healthy people don’t have to think about.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to refocus on the things we do have, and the things we can hope to achieve.
A century ago, a doctor letting you know you had diabetes was a very grim thing to hear. There was no insulin, no way to keep people healthy or living long after their diagnosis.
That has changed. We now have insulin shots that can be taken at every meal, and pumps that can be attached to your body. Small portable blood sugar monitors allow us to go about our daily lives like most other people – we just have to stop and check every now and then. Recent research points toward the conclusion that the average lifespan of people with diabetes is close to that for people without.
While a cure for diabetes is not yet on the horizon, we are hosting massive fundraisers that raise money for one, science is advancing, and there are talented people working in the research labs who say that it is possible.
What I am thankful for most of all is that we are not giving up hope, and that we will keep on fighting until we can say we have cured type 1 diabetes.