I found "Think Like A Pancreas" buried in a kitchen cabinet this weekend, after being lost for years. I re-read the introduction, and have come to the conclusion that this is introduction is one of the biggest motivating factors in how we approach intensive D therapy: What's the Dang-Diddly Point? (with apologies to Ned Flanders of The Simpsons) So, you have diabetes and take insulin. What could be simpler? How about predicting the stock market? The weather? The next five World Series winners? By now you have discovered one common truism about managing diabetes with insulin: It ain't that simple. But-- what's that? You already have a doctor who is taking care of your diabetes? That's just swell. In this age of assembly-line health care dictated by third-party managed care organizations, most physicians are limited in the amount of time they can spend with their patients. After taking vitals, reviewing histories and lab results, performing physical exams, ordering new lab work, and writing prescriptions, precious little time is available for your physician to sit down with you to teach you the finer points of living with diabetes and controlling your blood sugar levels. It's not from a lack of desire; most physicians I know are talented, motivated, caring people who wish they had time and resources to do more for their patients. Don't get me wrong. Your physician still plays a very important role in overseeing and directing your diabetes care. He or she should be viewed as an expert advisor who oversees your care rather than as a person who should micromanage every aspect of your disease. And it is your disease. He spends the next few pages describing his personal experience, finally summing up to: Technology aside, the thing that has made the greatest difference in my life with diabetes is learning how to match my insulin to my needs. No more molding my life to fit my insulin program. Now, I shape the insulin program to fit my life. Let's see: he's direct, has a sense of humor, nonthreatening, yet still serious about what you should do and why. Read the whole introduction here. If more people read just this short introduction, they would understand what we more of what we go through. So post it to your Facebook page. Your blog. Print and hand it out to your friends, parents, strangers on the street!