I like this discussion. I haven't read through it all, but I am all for anything that gives reasons to have a positive outlook. I am personally tired of the old-school assumptions that we (people who have diabetes) are fragile, can't be counted on, are weak, unable to do things, etc. Yeah, D is a pain and inconvenient. But I refuse to let it be an excuse not to at least try, and to hold me back. I've worked for people who believed I couldn't be promoted because I was irresponsible - "I mean she was irresponsible enough to give herself type 1 diabetes!" Come on!
For those newly Dx'd, it takes a while to get your head around the fact that you don't have "perfect" health anymore, but it doesn't lessen who are you are and what you are capable of. I haven't let it stop me from traveling internationally - alone. Have interesting and demanding jobs. There are a lot worse things - I am glad I don't have to deal with MS.
Diabetes requires us to be our own primary care providers - in a way of speaking. We have to speak up for ourselves to get what we need to thrive, not accept old school myths and mis-information. The ability to do these things takes time, and after 30+ years with type 1 I am still developing strengths I didn't know I had. And overall, I am healthier than most people I see out in public. I guess that comes from paying attention like I have to. So be it.