If you're anything like me, then you'll probably live most of your life trying to prove to others and moreover trying to prove to yourself that despite your diabetes you can do anything a perfectly healthy person can do. Even more than someone who's perfectly healthy you won't take no for an answer, you'll refuse to give up and you'll never let your diabetes stand in the way.
How do I know? Well, I founded and owned my own business for more than 25 years, during which time I usually worked six days a week for between 12 and 16 hours a day, and sometimes more. There was no project I wouldn't say "yes" to regardless of difficulty, deadlines and stress if it interested me. I was on a mission and I had something to prove. How does the song go?... "Anything you can do, I can do better"... even with my diabetes!
In 1999 I had a heart attack while carrying a large carton on a downtown New York City street on a very rainy night. Fortunately I survived, probably due to that same stubborn attitude that nothing would defeat me... not even a heart attack. In January of 2000 on my 25th wedding anniversary I had quintuple bypass heart surgery. Actually David Letterman had the same surgery the day before I did... but as you might expect by now, I returned to work weeks before he did. My doctors told me I would need to recover at least six weeks at home before going back to work, but upon my release I had my wife drive me directly to my office. Guess what? I ended up back in the hospital a week later in congestive heart failure.
So, all you young Superdiabetic heros out there like me, why am I telling you this? Am I telling you that, contrary to what everyone else says and to what you'd like to believe, you can't do everything a perfectly healthy person can do? Well, not quite. What I'm saying (and hear me right) is that you shouldn't beat yourself up to prove a point to anyone else or yourself. This can be very dangerous. I'm also trying to convey that you should try and "listen" to your body. When your body is stressed and tired, or your control is not quite what you'd like it to be, or when you're feeling ill with perhaps an infection or a virus,... be sure to cut yourself a break. Trying to prove diabetes can't "beat" you is..., well just plain stupid. Just stop and take care of yourself.