When seven-year-old Scott E. went to the hospital on May 21, 1981, his doctor gave him two diagnoses: chicken pox and type 1 diabetes. When he was discharged 10 days later, the chicken pox was gone, but diabetes was there to stay.
For 20 years, Scott did what he needed to do to stay alive, but when it was time to get married and start a family, he needed to get serious and start doing more to take care of himself. Through the power of Internet search, he stumbled upon groups of other people living with type 1 diabetes, just like him, who were openly discussing life with diabetes, exchanging anecdotes, sharing ideas, expressing worries and concerns, and celebrating the quirky little joys of a “perfect” 100 mg/dL on a blood glucose meter.
Getting in touch with his “diabetes side” has given Scott a newfound purpose. He started his own diabetes blog, Rolling in the D, and enjoys being a part of the online diabetes community and participating in various diabetes-themed forums, hoping to make a positive impact and difference in people’s lives, including his own.
Scott lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons, regarding his family as the single most-important thing in his life, followed by happiness, humor, and hockey. These four priorities intersect and complement each other quite often.