19 Responses

  1. Laura
    Laura April 26, 2007 at 8:13 am | | Reply

    Very inspiring…Thanks Amy!

  2. kendra
    kendra April 26, 2007 at 9:15 am | | Reply

    Very inspirational…but exhausting to read. I’m simply amazed by this guy and by other PWD who are very very very very busy. I feel like I don’t have the mental resiliency some folks do; I may be able to keep my blood sugars in check, but I’m pretty sure I’d start letting things slide if I was a triathlete, AND a lawyer, AND a speaker, AND . . . holy moly!

  3. Carol the OALM
    Carol the OALM April 26, 2007 at 1:48 pm | | Reply

    This is a fabulous story. But, like Lance Armstrong, I wish I could hold Jay up as a total role model. Why couldn’t he get the order of marriage, then baby straight. oh, well. My old fashioned side is showing.

  4. Scott Johnson
    Scott Johnson April 26, 2007 at 2:18 pm | | Reply

    Awesome. Thanks Jay & thanks Amy!

  5. joan
    joan April 26, 2007 at 3:26 pm | | Reply

    Very inspiring and exactly what I needed to read today (I’m having an “I hate my diabetes” day). Thanks Amy.

  6. Anne
    Anne April 26, 2007 at 4:19 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the great interview. I would love to hear from more type 1′s who have completed ironman races to get some tips. It inspires me to keep training, knowing that others have been successful at this race distance.

  7. vicki
    vicki April 26, 2007 at 8:28 pm | | Reply

    “Diabetes is an opportunity, not an obstacle” — love it! I may just cross stich it and frame it!

    This fella is truly inspirational.
    We need more like him!

  8. MoHo
    MoHo April 26, 2007 at 10:21 pm | | Reply

    “Diabetes is an opportunity, not an obstacle” what a bunch of crap. I hate it and resent it every moment of my life. Sure pumps and CGMS make it a bit easier but it still sucks. Oh what I wouldn’t give to be without this monster. People that paint an overly rosy picture of this daily grind irritate me. I would bet my life that his experience has not been as positive and rosy as he portrays.

  9. Sunil S Chiplunkar
    Sunil S Chiplunkar April 27, 2007 at 12:39 am | | Reply


  10. vicki
    vicki April 27, 2007 at 3:50 pm | | Reply

    Moho: Clearly you’re not a lemons into lemonade person. Jay Hewitt is. I am. We’re stuck with this disease and it’s a lot easier to bear if you think positively. However, I realize this is an attitude you’re born with and if you’re lucky you landed on the right side. I feel sorry for those who don’t.

  11. Melissa
    Melissa April 27, 2007 at 4:07 pm | | Reply

    I agree with Moho. Not to say that a positive attitude isn’t worthwhile, but while we portray ourselves as so perfectly normal, capable and unhindered by this disease is it any wonder hardly anyone knows what type 1 diabetes truly is? Or that it’s not the same as type 2 diabetes? Ever wonder why there isn’t enough funding for research, or better yet a cure? If people think living with type 1 diabetes is “no big deal”, then they will not support funding/research for a cure. And while we can live with type 1 diabetes, it is a fact that from the moment of diagnosis your quality of life drops anywhere from 20% to 35% and no matter how hard we try to be perfect, we will suffer from this disease eventually. Sorry, I’m a realist.

  12. Adam
    Adam April 27, 2007 at 7:29 pm | | Reply

    Dr. Bernstein is seeking investors for a cure for type 1 diabetes.

  13. MoHo
    MoHo April 27, 2007 at 10:37 pm | | Reply

    Hey Sunil, it sure is easy to talk about a condition THAT YOU DON’T HAVE… or at least don’t admit to on your site(s). “Lemons into lemonade” jeez, you must live on the same street in Fantasy Land as Dr. Phil, anyway I have not had lemonade in over five years. I challenge you to make hypo unawareness, vision or kidney problems a “lemonade” experience. Amy has a great site for this awful subject and I don’t want to pollute it any more, if you have anything else to say about being positive email me directly. And save your pity dude, you are after all just a schlep for BIG PHARMA.

  14. Aine Maire
    Aine Maire April 28, 2007 at 7:53 am | | Reply

    Hi I have just read this account over here in Ireland. I have a son with diabetes and since he was diagnosed 10 months ago, life has been a roller coaster. He is a wonderful child and is very accepting of this burden. I love to read stories like this one because it gives us hope…the hope that despite the burden, life can still go on with fun and achievements… Thanks Aine

  15. Mary
    Mary April 28, 2007 at 1:49 pm | | Reply

    I try to ba as positive as possible living with Type 1 diabetes. The interview with Mr. Hewitt was inspiring – anyone who trains and competes in ironman triathalons is exceptional. However, I find the final statement “make diabetes the best thing that ever happened to you” highly offensive. It minimizes the very serious issues we deal with each and every minute of every day. It is disrespectful of each individual who has lost his life to this disease. I have to wonder what Mr. Hewitt would say if he lost his sight. Would that be like winning the lottery for him? What does he say about Hurricane Katrina? The Gulf Coast has a chance to rebuild?

  16. AmyT
    AmyT April 30, 2007 at 3:39 pm | | Reply

    Hi Mary et al,
    I don’t find it the least bit disrespectful if Jay chooses not to view his diabetes as a hardship.

    In fact, give a little thought to the kind of physical pain that triathletes endure: the only way to achieve such superhuman feats is to have an absolute “no boundaries” attitude. I wish we could all be so strong (myself included).

  17. Sarah
    Sarah April 30, 2007 at 11:33 pm | | Reply

    I agree with Melissa. While everyone should make the most of their lives, their is NO benefit to having Type 1 diabetes. I agree that painting a “Type 1 is manageable” picture will not educate others on how hard it is to daily manage this disease or bring a cure. I find this kind of “can-do” attitude to be in people who are newly diagnosed with Type 1. This guy was only recently diagnosed at 35, I believe. To those who have been living with it since early childhood or infancy, this attitude wears thin.

    I also felt like I could take on the world after only 8 years of diabetes…at age 10.

    $100 says this dude will not be as happy after 20+ more years of Type 1. While I think it’s great what he has done, most with Type 1 struggle to just live, let alone run marathons etc.

    Nice story and great inspiring guy, but I would rather get the word out that we need a cure, and that kids are dying from this disease daily.

  18. AmyT
    AmyT May 1, 2007 at 6:59 am | | Reply

    Jay was actually diagnosed 16 years ago, so he’s had plenty of time to get cynical. He just chose not to. And through his motivational speaking and camps, etc., he is working very hard to make many people’s lives better with diabetes — including the lives of children.

    So you find him a little too chipper? OK, I respect your opinion. I also think Jay has earned more than his share of respect.

  19. Zoe
    Zoe July 16, 2007 at 8:31 pm | | Reply

    To those of you who are bitter about having diabetes get over it!! I’ve been diabetic since age 5 and am now 29. You know what, I’ve never thought of it as hindering my life. The “Can do attitude” only wears thin if you are a bitter person. I was diagnosed in the early 80s, before Atkins, Splenda and most diet foods. You whinny babies have nothing to complain about. You are living with more choices now, better and faster equipment than when I was diagnosed. Life is what you make of it and I never let my diabetes become an excuse. I have traveled the world, played sports, and am currently competing in Triathlons. AmyT and Vicki need to be thankful for what they have. Diabetes is not a big deal…cancer and AIDS is much worse.

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