What 33 Years of Diabetes Looks Like To Me

Happy 33rd diaversary, Scott!

Today is not about doing great with your diabetes management. Like everyone else with type 1 diabetes, you have your ups and downs.

Today is not about surviving another year. Like many others with diabetes you are doing much more than surviving. You are living well with type 1 diabetes.

Today is not about celebrating life. That happens every day the Lord blesses you with another morning.

You work so hard at taking care of yourself, physically, mentally, and spiritually. You are brave, strong, stubborn, and determined. You are a great example that diabetes is about never giving up.

You share your story – showing others with diabetes that there is no such thing as perfect, helping them see that diabetes is really hard, but that we do a damn good job most of the time.

Today is about acknowledging you and all of the hard work you do to care for yourself.

This is what 33 years of type 1 diabetes looks like to you.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…