Life Is What Happens
'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" John Lennon, "Beautiful Boy"
Do you ever think back about those things you were planning to do when you were diagnosed with diabetes? I know many of us can recite where and when we were diagnosed from memory. I know I can, “Disney world, June 1974” I remember it like it was just yesterday. I was 17 and getting ready for a life of politics. I thought I wanted to go to Washington to join a high powered political consultant and manage campaigns for other people. It all sounded very exciting. To get there I thought I would likely have to start college somewhere small and then when I proved myself head off to a large east coast university to get into the scene. Georgetown seemed like a good place to try things out.
But then I was diagnosed with diabetes. In 1974 things were different than today. When I was diagnosed I thought I would need, and was told, to expect a life of hardship and uncomfortable complications. So from a practical standpoint plans had to change. Life happened while I was busy making other plans.
I often think of our communities parents who are busy making plans of their own when their child is diagnosed. Surely everything including careers, houses, family changes when a type 1 child comes home from the hospital. Yes I am sure they were busy making other plans when a life of diabetes occurred in their family.
Though I am type 1 I think our brothers…