There’s the jaded part of me who reads these announcements and is sure I will never see this product in my lifetime…but then there’s the other part of me that’s like a little kid at Christmas who, when I read about the latest diabetes discovery, thinks wow, how great would this be?!? A tattoo that read my blood sugar so I would no longer have to prick my fingers? Bring it on! Insulin that lasts up to 4 months (http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9630&catid=1&Itemid=17), and always, always the hype about a “cure” for type 1. (http://diabetesnewshound.com/type1/cure-mice/). Yes, yes, yes! Sometimes there are so many new discoveries, it’s hard to know what to believe, who to listen to. And when few of these discoveries come to light (or the local pharmacy), I am let down, again.
After 25 years of living with diabetes, I’m learning to know who to listen to and what to read; most of the time if there is something really worthwhile out there, I go to my trusted endo. And while my endo is great, what I’d really like to do is met my diabetic women friends for coffee, sit around a table (like I do with my mom friends) and chat about the latest discovery or the latest low blood sugar or the latest frustration. Only, my diabetic women friends are scattered across the country and most of them I’ve never met in person.
That’s one of the reasons I’m writing this book….to create a trusted resource for women living with diabetes. To gather a bunch of stories from real women living with this disease, so that women like myself can reach for this book when they are feeling frustrated and alone. And just like when I’m at the coffee shop with my mom friends-they’ll walk away feeling understood.