Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I do things

Hello, my name is Andrew.

It's a Corgi hat.
Sometimes, I go by Drew.

I do things like Poetry:
Asked to do a poetry gig 

Doing a duet with a friend

Even got to perform on a TED stage

I do things like martial arts.
At a Cherry Blossom festival in Denver, CO.

This is a video of a drunken form I choreographed.

I do things like gymnastics.
Backflip with a split kick.

I do things like hiking.
At the Pikes Peak summit in Colorado Springs, CO.

I do things like dance.
Swing and blues at a friend's wedding.
I do a lot of different things. I always carry something with me when I do things, though. 
I carry Type 1 Diabetes. I was diagnosed with the disease 23 years ago. In that time, I've done a lot.

I wanted to start this blog due to a few recent experiences. One of which was at a social swing dance. A person with whom I happened to start a conversation looked at me wide eyed when I told them I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 10. 

This blog is, in some ways, my answer to that expression. I've seen it plenty of times before. It doesn't bother me anymore. But it does make me wonder how much most people truly know about diabetes. 

I am starting this blog because I wanted to be able to answer some questions about what diabetes is; how people deal with it; some common misconceptions about the disease; how our healthcare system and society negatively impacts care; and to share some of my work around this topic. 

Please join me as I explore my experience and thoughts in and around diabetes, healthcare, society, and random adventures.

If you have any questions, please email me at: ADiabeticDoesThings@gmail.com

Thank you for your time!

Signing off for now,

1 comment:

  1. Oy. My comment disappeared. Thanks for doing this. So many think that diabetes is a death sentence, or that you have to be virtually immobile in order to survive. That was the thinking of my parents and grandparents. Things change. Treatments change. Type 1's can live well into their 70's and 80's with their bodies intact. Knowledge and management is key


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