T1D also abruptly and rudely joined my life at the age of 30. I fully understand some here that see nothing good about this disease. It is rotten and causes so much hardship and suffering.
That being said, we all freely fashion our response to this abrupt and rude intrusion of our lives. That is where I find motivation to actively fight diabetes. My response counts. My vote counts. How I respond to this cold reality counts. Accepting reality and responding appropriately makes me feel better.
As I alluded to above, my diabetes has taught me the importance of attitude. While we can't eliminate the one thing that we'd most like to eliminate, diabetes, we can choose how we respond. An active, vigorous, and appropriate response can bestow feelings of empowerment and confidence that will make a big difference in your quality of life.
Diabetes has taught me that information becomes powerful when I engage and act on it. When I was first diagnosed, I started on a once per day shot of NPH insulin. My interest in better control led to adding meal insulin and multiple daily injections. In turn that led to adopting a pump in the '80s. I jumped on the new rapid-acting insulin analogs when they came out in 1996. I added a CGM in 2009 and that change, alone, dropped my A1c by a full point. When I started limiting my carb consumption in 2012, my BG variability as well as exposure to punishing hypos plummeted and made my life much better.
I've learned that it's never too late to make changes. I've learned more about diabetes and made more significant treatment changes, enjoyed more actual benefits, since my 28th year of my 30 year "career" with diabetes than I would have thought possible.
I've learned that empathizing with my diabetes brothers and sisters provides real benefit for me as well as them.It adds meaning to my life!
I could go on and on but I've already tried your patience. As weird as it may seem, there is definitely a silver lining to this dark, dark diabetes cloud.