Age: 43 Year Diagnosed: 1980 Location: Upland, Ca

“When I was like 12 or 13 years old I went for a bike ride with a friend of mine with his uncle and uncles friend from Buffalo NY where I lived at the time to Niagara Falls NY a 24 mile along the Niagara River on the Canadian side of the river. The trip started out well and we made it over half way before low blood sugar kicked in and delayed us. We stopped at restaurant along the bike trail that had a patio and cokes along with food were ordered to treat my low sugar. After the order was taken, I started taking ice out of the glass of water in front of me and started shooting the ice cubes with my fingers across the patio. The first few times no one was hit with the flying ice but unfortunately that changed. The third time was the charm or maybe not so charming as the ice cube shot from my hand across the patio ended up going right down the shirt of a woman about 4 tables over. A great deal of apologizing and explaining needed to happen. Needless to say that was one of the most funny or embarrassing things that have ever happened.

The saying or symbols for I AM GREATER THEN MY HIGHS AND LOWS has so much meaning to me and I am grateful to whoever came up with this. Highs and lows as diabetics in regards to our blood sugars is a daily struggle but so are the highs and lows we deal with emotionally and physically everyday are just as bad. We need to be greater then our high and low blood sugars, emotions and physical feelings.

Type 1 diabetes is not a death sentence and there are so many things worse then being diabetic. Follow the process and plan listen to your endocrinologist and live your life. Eat the piece of cake, go to the party have the glass of wine. Live your life to the fullest and thrive.”