Just to preface this: I know some people truly base their outlook on life on science and reason. I'm not one of those people. I believe I was "given" this disease because God, or a higher power of some kind believes I can handle it. I think that I was diagnosed with diabetes (T1) so I could "spread the word", and do something beneficial for our community. Is this just me who thinks this, or do you guys, somewhere in the back of your mind believe the same thing?

Please tell me if I'm crazy :)

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No, you are not crazy. We all have different ways of viewing the world and our place in it. Just for me the answer is no. I don't believe some superior being made a decision to give me diabetes for a purpose; that's just not part of my worldview. But I do believe in approaching each occurance in my life whether outwardly positive or outwardly negative with an attitude of " what can I learn from this experience, and if it is a negative one how can I extract some positive value out of it?"(make lemonade from the proverbial lemon). And I think one of the best outcomes that you can extract from anyexperience is to find a way to help others.
I think I just got F*****D royally and there ain't much more too it then that. As in life some people just get F*****D and others have it made.
LOL. I sort of think I'd be dead if I didn't have diabetes? I sort of paced myself in college and was the only guy in the band I was in that didn't at least dabble in heroin, despite the fact that I was a pro @ shooting up, so in that sense, perhaps it has been useful? The last long race I ran (Illinois Marathon, although I only ran the 1/2) there were all sorts of people passing out, puking, etc. that I cruised by so perhaps paying attention to what I eat and drink was also useful for that? Other than that though, I don't feel all that special because I try to base my life on science and reason.
One of the things I am grateful for is that I was diagnosed at 58 instead of 28 ..or 18..or 8. I didn't have any "pacing myself" genes in those days and I would have died. That may sound dramatic, but it is just a fact. I barely made it as is.
My hat goes off to all you have had to handle diabetes in their youth. I doubt I would have made it with the life I lived through my teens and early 20s.
I always thought I was f***ed royally too because I've had a lot of medical issues in my life with myself and my son. And a lot of other "bad luck" in addition. I think it was the path God set out for me now. I went through decades of pain and heartache and it opened me up accept God in my life (I know i sound like a holy roller, but I'm not, honest). It just works. My life is pretty much gravy now. The blessings just keep pouring in. There are too many good coincidences to be coincidences. My life is awesome now. I think I'm just really stubborn and God had to hand me some things to get my attention and put me on the right path. Would I give up diabetes if given the chance? You betcha! But because of diabetes, it actually saved my life (if you want details message me). I still hate it, but I've learned to accept it.
Life may not be totally random chance since your genes predispose you to evil and your environment may trigger the evil. What word should we spread ?
Well, it's just something I got out of the lottery of life. Luckily the diabetic genes also came with free side orders of OCD and a strong systemizing instinct!
Oh that is so well put, Lila!!!
Lila -- I think you meant to type "CDO" -- because the letters SHOULD be in alphabetical order, right? ;0)
That's so true! Never thought of it that way. I do have a little bit of OCD because of it and need to have my ducks always lined up in a row. lol It made me finally grow up (at 32, mind you) and become responsible.
lol well i dont know really. except that god or the other beings made a mistake. i cant handle it. i do what i have to do to live.
i also dont know what word i should spread since i have type 1. and im not interested in benefiting my community so could they un d me? lol i am totally wrong for the "job"!!

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