Hi my name is Joe
I have been T1 a long time (jeez about 30 years now) but I have only been treating myself well since late 2000. I’ve only been talking about my diabetes since 2003 and I started looking at support groups and other stuff this year.
I’ve been on N and R since before there was human insulin. I have had to test blood sugar before there was a home blood test machine (kids call ‘em “meters”). What – does that make me a geezer … older than dirt? =) I guess it does!
I am doing most of the right stuff today. I got myself on a pump last year and I think it’s the way to go for me. I think you have got to be on Humulin N for a little while to appreciate just how great pump therapy is. I’ve taken my pump to Ireland and China this year, so you gotta know that I really trust the little buggar.
I work for "big pharma" so I kinda hate it when I hear conspiracy theorists talk about how the evil empire is keeping a hidden cure for diabetes so they can make their blood money off sick folks. The team I work with is an absolutely super group of people who don’t make a bazillion dollars but whose efforts are worth at least that much – this year we will design and build a fermentation factory where a vaccine for cervical cancer will be manufactured and distributed world wide. Someday a girl won’t die of that cancer and this team will have contributed.
I love cooking and photography and making beer and my mountain bike. I married an angel in 2005 whose constant support helps me in more ways I can count. I am glad there is a place for us to talk and I like being out here. I volunteer for the JDRF and do what I can, based on my vast experience of doing it wrong and the few years of trying to do it right.