I just saw this on my Facebook feed and I thought it should be shared here. For those who do not want to read bad news about diabetes, please stop reading here.
KOMO-4 News in Seattle, Washington is reporting that their new weekend anchor, Joel Connable, a diabetic, died on Tuesday from a pump malfunction. He had called off on Monday and when he didn't return phone calls on Tuesday, his employer asked the police to check on him. They found him dead on his apartment floor.
The New York Daily News speculates that Connable may not have known his pump was malfunctioning and this malfunction continued until he began to experience seizures.
During this national Diabetes Month and leading up to World Diabetes Day, I hope this is a reminder that though insulin is a miracle, our lives are still held in a precarious balance every day. Over the 19 years, 8 months that have passed since my diagnosis, I have known many people with diabetes and many of those I knew in the early days have now died. As grateful I am for insulin, I would much prefer a cure!