I’m Eric and I was diagnosed in the summer of 2011 as T2 at the age of 33. After going through just about every t2 medication known to man along with a losing battle to high blood sugar, I had an ER visit which started me on insulin. When I finally saw an endocrinologist shortly after, my diagnoses was changed to LADA type 1. The pump and cgm followed shortly after along with much better control of my numbers.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I remember getting a lecture from someone about how diabetics can’t have candy. Meanwhile I’m shoving candy down my throat to correct a severe low. However the most common is “Dude, you still have a pager?”

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was originally told that I couldn’t retain my Commercial Drivers License once I started insulin. I have a medical waiver that allows me to keep my CDL continued to drive for years following. I am now a manager for the same company using the skills gained from driving to (post diagnoses) run my own yard.

How do you inspire others?
Diabetes has taught me to pay attention to details that others may take for granted. This is kinda necessary for us to stay alive. I use those same skills to co-lead the sound and production department at my church.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
The biggest issues I’ve gotten from diabetes is a severe allergy to medical adhesives that wasn’t there before diagnoses. Even bandaids can break me out and leave scars. The loss of sleep from battling this disease will never be recovered either. I have spent many nights awake correcting high/low blood sugar readings.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’m a stronger person mentally and emotionally thanks to diabetes. The silly things I’ve seen people call out of work for makes me laugh, they’d never survive one week with this battle. Those same silly things can quickly become life threatening for a diabetic though.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I’m thinking the 100 regular sized ducks. And that’s IF I can maintain good blood sugar levels to get through it!

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