Monday, April 7, 2008

Where Will You Be in 2033?

Maybe it was the movie we rented. "I Am Legend" was good, but unsettling. It got me to thinking about this, our current age of nihilism. Why are we so bent on destroying humanity (in film, if not in real life) these days? Between "I Am Legend" and other dark visions I've seen in recent years (like "Children of Men" and "28 Days Later"), it's hard to feel cheerful about the future direction of our kind. I was a huge fan of the "The Terminator" back in the '80s, yet somehow it had a different attitude. There was still some hope left in the face of dread--the future was "not set", and the main characters fought like hell to carve out a more peaceful alternative.

Then I logged in to Diabetes Daily and saw this thread. Reading the article it cited, this statement caught my eye: "The Joslin Diabetes Center has undertaken a study of patients who have survived with type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years. There are likely to be only 500 to 600 individuals in the United States who have been so fortunate." Being a type 1 for 25 years, I initially read this thinking I was lucky, since I'm halfway there. But the movie set off my imagination and, in the middle of the night, my mind started turning over the alternate endings. I have no far. My numbers and my A1Cs have been far. I seem far. I have yet to experience any "real" pain from this disease. But the suspense is killing me. When will the plot thicken? When will the true attack begin?
But there is hope, I realized. There are plenty of others out there to refute the statistics. People like the OC's very own Richard, who posted his inspiring story about living with type 1 for 60+ years. People like Bernard and Donna, and Scott and Kerri, and all of the other veterans who may not blog but continue to live well as PWDs. We live in an age of amazing medical advances, with powerful tools to help us fight the shadowy monsters of death and disability. As long as we have the will to keep trying, we can beat the odds. The future is indeed not set just by having diabetes.


Scott K. Johnson said...

I personally find a lot of inspiration thinking about those that have lived so long with diabetes, and thinking about how very crude the tools were back then compared to now.

I figure if they can do so well with so little, I'm in pretty good shape!

Donna said...

Those complications were beat into my head when I was a kid. Scared me to death. I don't think about them much anymore though - except for when that annual eye exam comes along. That one still scares me.

I think those who have had diabetes for less years are going to be fine. I thank God for all the advancements we have in diabetes care now. Hey, I think we're all going to be okay. :)