This is for all the Diabetics out there. It makes me sad to read some of your posts and replies to things , to see some of you say, " I was told to give up my dreams so I did. " . If you can dream it, and are determined enough, you can do it. Don’t let someone tell you that you aren’t able to do something because of type one or two Diabetes, because that is a load of rubbish.
To those who say Diabetics can’t serve in the military http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-forecast/jul2005/back.jsp . I also know a couple Diabetics currently serving in both active and non combat positions. To those who say you can’t do firefighting, wildland or structural, do not believe. An example of someone who told me I could not become a firefighter, police officer, or an EMT would be my own mother, she told me that I could never do something physical like that because my Diabetes would hinder any work that I might accomplish. I went through a fire academy that told me I couldn’t because of my Diabetes, but I proved them both wrong! I have a job with a wildland firefighting company that I will be starting next fire season. Yes, WILDLAND firefighting, where you have limited access to medical help, and can not be evacuated as easy if needed. In closing I have but one thing to say; fellow Diabetics, never give up your dreams, don’t let people push you aside or try and discourage you, if you want to do something bad enough, you will find the way.
Edit/ P.S. Another thing I have working against me that people thought would debilitate me is Celiac, which, for those that don’t know is an allergy to wheat/ and Gluten.