Yesterday I launched my new website. It’s something that I’ve been working on for the last 16 months. I wanted a website that was inviting and interactive. When I first started speaking and being involved in diabetes advocacy in 1996 there were no websites or ways to go online to find out information about diabetes. Oh, how the world has changed in such a short time. This made me think back to how technology has changed over the last 14 years that I’ve lived with diabetes. Two years after being diagnosed, my diabetes nurse educator gave me my very own purple colored blood glucose machine. My eyes lit up when I saw it! I was so sick of lugging around the ugly white, medical testing device…this new meter showed personality. I thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread! I’ve saved it all these years because getting it made me feel like I got a choice in something with my diabetes care. As I look at the meter I use several times a day I’m amazed at how far diabetes technology has come.
I used to have to write down every blood sugar, every insulin dose, and every carbohydrate that I put into my mouth into a logbook. Now my meter (that even has a backlight…what did I ever do before when I was in a car at night or at the dark movie theater!?!) can track everything and my doctor can upload all the data straight to her computer to detect different trends. Some people get frustrated that no cure has been found for type-1 diabetes. Just the other day I was talking with a co-worker of mine who also has type-1 and when I asked him if he’s involved in the cause he said he wasn’t interested because he was too burnt out from the disease. That confused me. It made me think what keeps me going each day to stay involved in the cause? For me, it’s being able to look back after all these years and see the incredible advances that have happened with technology.
Just as I got my first cell phone when I was 16, I thought it was the newest, coolest thing around (my mother even painted the cover for me!) and couldn’t even think how it could get any better then that. But sure enough 11 years later I can’t imagine not having my IPhone.
The guy who I work with…he says he’s not interested in participating in raising awareness for diabetes. Just think if we had all 27 millions of us with diabetes stand up in the country for a cure, the type of impact we would make? Certainly there are days that I want to throw in the towel with diabetes; I think that’s natural when you live with a chronic illness. But let’s stand together and fight this! Who knows what kind of diabetes technology will be out in the next 3 years?!? What motivates you to volunteer for diabetes? What do you think of my revamped website...www.QuinnNystrom.com ?