Scott K. Johnson

Scott K. Johnson

Why I celebrate my diaversary

Cake with 43 on it
April marked my 43rd year with type 1 diabetes. I do think of it as a time to celebrate in a way. I don’t throw a party, or even do anything outside of my normal routine - but I do take a little bit of time to pat myself on the back and acknowledge a job mostly well done.

Fighting with perfection

Abstract image of oil paint
Diabetes is a thing surrounded by numbers. Everything is a number or is used in a calculation. We have blood sugars, units of insulin, and grams of carbohydrates. Then we take those numbers and stick them into more numbers. There is the insulin-to-carb ratio, the duration of insulin action, our correction factor, and more.

It’s not normal

Let me be clear from the start. I am thankful for every piece of medical equipment, technology, milligram, microgram, and unit of medicine I use. I am fortunate to have reasonable access to almost everything I need. I am blessed even to be alive. It wasn't that long ago that people with diabetes didn't live long. But...