The purpose of having a medical ID is to give information about yourself, your medical condition, and who to call in the case of an emergency, should you be unable to provide that information due to a medical event.
The devices that we wear (insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems) are a game-changer for managing diabetes in our bodies and the unique psychosocial support that comes from CWD programming is a game-changer for managing diabetes in our hearts and minds. Medicine, technology, and support together address type 1 diabetes in the whole person, which is why CWD and Friends for Life are so important.
A major goal, when dealing with the mental health aspect of diabetes, is to prevent the emotional riptide from pulling you under. The best way to set protection against that happening is to manage, as best you can, in the clinical tasks while putting effort into proactively working against the things that can emotionally destroy a person in such a situation.
Depending on your familiarity with diabetes, you may or may not know that it can be, at times, nothing if not a completely unpredictable factor in daily life. An predictably unpredictable chronic illness, managed with a life-saving medication that can become deadly when delivered in excess...what could go wrong? Seriously though, if you think about all of the many factors that go into the management of type 1 diabetes, it is shockingly empowering to think about how often things go well as opposed to not, when taking it all into consideration.