My dad was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about 5 years after I was diagnosed with type 1. I was 7 when I was diagnosed, and he was about 35. My parents are divorced and my dad can't really afford a pump, and he is not the best at controlling his blood sugars. It is really frustrating since I have a pump and am lucky enough to occasionally be able to use my CGM, and have regular endo appointments.
I found out last week that my dad has nerve damage in his eyes due to diabetes. It really scares me since I know his management won't really change, and I'm going to be devastated if someday it gets so bad that he goes blind, has nerve damage in his feet, gets heart disease, etc. :(
It's times like these that I wish for a cure the most, but I know it isn't just a magical thing that is going to pop up over night. I know things take time, but even then, what is going to happen for people who can't afford a "cure?" I know things could be worse--we are very lucky to live in the US and have access to insulin and meters, etc. but he's my dad, and your dad is always supposed to be the one who never gets sick.
I hope he gets back on track, but I still have to be realistic.
On the other hand, my student organization (newly formed!) has been doing great--we participated in the JDRF gala this past month, and we have another meeting tomorrow night to discuss more fundraising. :)
If anyone has some good advice, please share..