After a car accident put him in a wheelchair, Brooklyn Dodger’s Hall of Fame catcher, Roy Campanella, wrote the following
I asked God for strength, that I might have success.
I was made weak, that I might learn to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do great things.
I was made sick, that I might do BETTER things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was made poor, that I might be wise.
I got NOTHING I asked for,
BUT I received everything I needed.
I am most blessed.
It is a story all diabetics know well. But its only part of the story. I’d like to focus for a minute on some of the positive things that have occurred in my life since August of 2009. I am blessed.
First, I have been introduced to a group of amazing people at JDRF. Just when my family and I were at our lowest, the JDRF community let us know that we are not alone.
My family, and most especially my Mom, has been amazing in the way they assist me with my daily challenges. Mothers always love their children. The mother of a diabetic child proves it every day. I have become closer with my 82 year old neighbor, himself a type 1 diabetic since the age of 20. What a great roll model for me.My name is Ryan Behan and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on August 17, 2009. Like Roy Campanella, I didn’t ask for this disease, but I also have been most blessed. Like most diabetics I was shocked when I was diagnosed. I felt fine. I didn’t look sick. I didn’t act sick. I had no symptoms. I kept waiting for someone to tell me that this was some kind of joke.
I learned quickly that my diagnosis wasn’t a joke. I started on the insulin pen. I had very high blood sugar readings. I had very low blood sugar readings. I learned all about blood glucose. I was asked a thousand times a day: “have you checked your blood sugar” or “what’s your number”. I poked my finger for blood 8 to 10 times a day.
Because of this disease I met Coach Dantonio and Sherry Jones. They are both so kind and helpful as they support JDRF. I am proud Coach Dantonio is my friend and can’t wait to see him beat Michigan next fall. Speaking of Michigan, even though I always want MSU to beat Michigan, I have been blessed to meet some amazing doctors at Mott Children’s Hospital at U of M. I always wear green and white when I visit them, and the doctors down there always tease me about being a Spartan, but they care for me like I was their own child.
I also am blessed to have moved recently from the insulin shots to the insulin pump. The pump has made a real difference in how I manage the disease. Since I have been on the pump I can report all of the following:
1-I have been able to reduce my need for insulin shots
2-My blood glucose levels have improved
3-I have greater freedom and in my daily activities
4-My Mom and I get more accurate blood sugar readings
5-I have more flexibility in what I can eat.
You would not believe how much of a difference the pump has made in my life. The pump has made this rotten disease . . . . . . . . less rotten. I did not ask for diabetes to happen to me and I wish that the disease would be cured. I do not want this to happen to anyone else.
Because of the great people I have met since my diagnosis 4 years ago, and because of my pump, I consider myself greatly blessed.
Thank you for your support.
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