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by IBD Medical on August 09, 2022

Diabetes Story

Who is John Bennett?

Well, that's me!

In a nutshell, I'm seventy-three years old, married, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and a T1D going on sixty-eight years. Unlike some folks having diabetes, I've never been afraid of telling others of my daily challenges combating this disease. Yes, I take insulin every day. I also take medications and vitamins every day. No big deal. Never using diabetes as an excuse for doing ANYTHING I set my mind to, I've had a very active life so far. Are there occasional setbacks? Of course. The worst of which is diabetic retinopathy. Undergoing laser treatments was no fun. But, I've also had laser for cataracts in both eyes. Again, no big deal.

Out of high school I took courses thinking I'd like to become a dietitian. Life diversions popped up and I never took the exams so I never became certified. Years later I wanted to become a diabetes educator, but because I wasn't in the medical field, I wasn't allowed. These setbacks bothered me worse than the diabetes. My faith and family have given me more joy than I ever would have anticipated. My diabetes has always been secondary to my advantages and blessings.

Starting my own Blog is another enjoyable interlude in my life. You can check it out here.


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