Whilst I was drawing my, what shall we call it...poster? I started thinking about what I will do when a cure for Diabetes is discovered. However, I always find this a bit of a tricky idea to conceive. Because I was diagnosed when I was 3 years old, I don't remember any of the things I did as a non-Diabetic and so I also don't really have much to compare my lifestyle to. So, instead I did manage to come up with a good few benefits of not having Type 1 Diabetes anymore...
ONE: Freedom to eat when I like...or not eat if I'm really not hungry
TWO: Not being concerned about having a hypo when I do exercise, go to the shops, go clubbing, sleep or do anything really.
THREE: Not having to remember to make sure that I have injections, blood meter, testing strips, finger pricker, hypo treatment etc. if I as much as step out of the front door.
FOUR: Not having to do mental mathematics every time I eat a bowl of pasta.
FIVE: Being able to have the normal, mainstream kinds of fears that people have, like a phobia of spiders, rather than being absolutely petrified of one day losing my eye sight or being put on dialysis because of Diabetes.
SIX: Not having to prick my fingers, stab myself with needles and draw blood from myself every single day, several times a day.
SEVEN: Waking up in the morning in a bad mood simply because I got up on the wrong side of the bed, rather than because I've woken up feeling dreadful because my blood sugars are sky high and I've got a banging headache.
EIGHT: Not having to repeatedly explain to the staff at McDonald's that I want a Diet Coke because I'm Diabetic and I have to have Diet Coke or I will be ill. Very ill. I'd also like the option to choose a full-sugar Coke if I wish.
NINE: It must be better not to have Diabetes, right? I mean, if you were to ask them, who on earth would actually choose to be Diabetic? I'm assuming the answer is no one.
Today I am hoping for a cure for a Diabetes. Today and every day.
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