Reading the thread, I realized I didn't actually answer your question directly (IMHO).
We must respect our diabetes, if we ever ignore it, or pretend we do not have it, especially long term, it has ancient reeking teeth, and fire to try and destroy us, at every possible level. Dismiss it blithely, it will try and kill us given the right opportunity(ies).
One other point I believe I hope is a meaningful one.
Ever attended the stereotypical "Diabetes Education Classes"? Uggggh. They are always aimed at "beginners", understandably but still. You or I, would give the dietitians apple speeches, the death dismemberment gangrene speeches, far better than most presenter's.
My point however the cardboard cutout routine, the rah-rah diabetic cheerleading which passes for "education" is a low bar indeed.
I've seen some pull it off, but too few. How do we separate artificial brighter attitude (totally artificial) from something genuine? I would appreciate a better attitude, yet have been taught skepticism by experience. Love to remove it... but see no awesome outcomes diabetes wise. How do we get from A to B knowing the potential venom the disease can possess in the right circumstances...? How do we get there????