Diabetes Forecast

Mountains to Climb

By Sara Sklaroff, Editorial Director ,

Tim Duffy makes it his business—literally—to push the limits of human endurance. In his work as an adventure tour guide and in his own free time, Duffy, profiled this month by Carolyn Butler, has done things most of us will never do. That he scales mountains and shoots rapids and manages avalanches while living with type 1 diabetes makes his feats all the more impressive.

And yet if you have been reading Diabetes Forecast, you know that we find all sorts of folks impressive. So, yes, we celebrate people with diabetes who accomplish amazing things, but we also honor people with diabetes who handle the sometimes difficult task of staying healthy (no mountain required). In other words, we think it's important to recognize the small victories as well as the big ones.

We have other heroes, too: the scientists who figure out new and better ways to treat diabetes. The advocates who fight for our rights. The nurses, educators, doctors, and other health workers who take care of us and our loved ones. The family members and friends who help us manage our condition—and cheer us on along the way.

Yes, Tim Duffy is special, and his story is extraordinary. But it's useful to remember that everyone with diabetes has to push the limits at least some of the time. In doing so, we often find that those limits were just opportunities in disguise.



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