Ok the obessive control was a pendulum swing from being totally out of control. A very long story and 2 near death expereinces that I'll save you the boredom of listening to (or reading in this case). Anyway as with anything you calm down after a while and find a happy middle ground. I didn't feel like I was on the edge with my crazy obsessive control - I was literally trying to save my life and learn what I needed to in order to live. Now I test 6-10 times a day (even more when I was training).
As for the marathons don't "Hope" just start training. Anyone can do a marathon, it takes training and planning and just deciding to do it. Start with 5km races, then do 10km, start training for a half marathon and then move to a full marathon of 26.1m or 42.2KM :) I am so proud of my medals - my race "bling".
Acidrock23 - I've stopped training and started renovating my house. It was a wonderful time in my life, made great friends and learned I can do ANYTHING. I will race again, but right now we are busy with the house and the puppy. :)
Ian, ask me anything. I've had it long enough to have been through it all. I also, like many other long timers, remember the old days - when testers weren't like they are now and we lived on 1 needle a day - then 2. Diabetics now wouldn't understand and the food choices we have now are so much better. In the 80s there wasn't much sugar free stuff for a kid to eat.
Trust me when I say you can do and go anywhere. You don't need to prove it to others that you can with your condition - you need to prove it to yourself. Ask me anything - any time. :)