I have been a Type 1 diabetic for more than 5 years, I am 32 years old now. I was diagnosed in August 2001... what a lousy year that was. I found out I was diabetic in August, in September the terrorist attacks occurred, and at the end of September I was laid off and went unemployed for 8 months. I journalized my experiences when I was sick, and still have them on a webpage. As I go back to it and read it now, there are things in it that I would like to edit. There are broken links in it and some other things I don’t like, but it is as it was when I wrote it, and is an accurate description of how I felt at the time. You can find it here, http://members.cox.net/topjimmy/diabeticjournal.htm This disease is an epidemic in America right now, and I know there are a bunch of people here who deal with this everyday as I do. Fishing is a great hobby for me now, it’s relaxing and not too physically demanding. I had to give up some hobbies that I really loved (flying and downhill skiing) because there are too many complications with being insulin dependent and trying to pursue those hobbies… it is just too hard. I did do a backpacking trip into the Grand Canyon last year, it was something my Dad and I had wanted to do for better than 15 years. It was a real challenge, but I made the whole trip with no serious problems and I was the first one to the top on the way out. My wife worries about me when I spend time in the wilderness, but I have a lot of good friends who look out for me. I have never had a hypoglycemic episode in which I have lost consciousness, but it is always a possibility. Anyway, I guess you could call this a diabetic roll call… tell us your story.