-I wrote his post in January when I jointed DiabetesFriends.net. I thought I'd post it here too!

I've been a Type 1 diabetic since I was 11 years old. Needless to say, there have been a lot of changes and improvements in those 28+ long years. I do believe a cure will come some day - I'm not so sure I believe it will be in my life-time, but I sure do hope so.

My biggest hurdles currently are:

- taking the next big step and getting an insulin pump. My endo has been "pushing" me towards one, but the whole idea freaks me out. I can't explain why, but it does. However, I'm staring to come around and I think I may bite the bullet in two weeks when I have my next doctors visit. I know once I get over the hurdle of getting used to it, I'll probably wonder why I waited so long.

- my eye. This past Thursday, in my yearly eye exam, I got the news I've been dreading for so long. There is one small leaky vessel in my left eye. That news hit me hard. However, the rest of my exam went fine and there is no change in my vision. For now, we don't need to do anything. I go back in six months for another dilation, and if there are more leaks I will see a specialist. My doctor said after 27 years with diabetes, this is to be expected. Not good news, but at least we are catching it early and I am trying to stay positive and hopeful that we can do our best to manage this problem.

That's all for now, but I'm looking forward to the interactions this site will bring and to utilizing this blog. I have a knitting blog, and although I do post about my diabetes sometimes, it's mostly just about knitting, (but feel free to stop by anytime!!) :)

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