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I Can Own My Own Business with Type 1 Diabetes

I would never say that I am glad that I have diabetes, because no matter what, it’s still diabetes. However, I am thankful for how my life has turned out because of being diagnosed with diabetes. Before I get into the “I Can” portion of this, I want to provide a little background for that story.

After I was diagnosed, I lived back at home for about a year before deciding that I was going to go to college in south Florida near the beach. If I was never diagnosed, I would have never made this decision because I was happy where I was at. However, the diagnosis made me feel like I need to do something fun with my life and live life to the fullest, so off to south Florida I went…….and then I met Amanda, who is now my wife and the mother to my beautiful daughter.

None of this would have happened without being diagnosed. I am not a believer in “things happen for a reason” but I do know that without diabetes, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Now, for the I Can part of this. Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to own my own business, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to be my own boss. After being diagnosed and learning the ins and outs of insurance and knowing that getting insurance as a T1 was going to be nearly impossible, I thought that there was no way that I could own a business.

Well, guess what, I DO own my own business, a quite successful one at that. I DO have insurance. I even got my own diabetes life insurance policy as well, something I was worried about not having after not having an employer based one. So you CAN own your own business with Type 1 Diabetes. 10 years ago around diagnosis, I was discouraged and didn’t think that I would be able to do this. I thought that I would have to work for someone else just so I could have healthcare coverage.

Now, not only do I know that diabetes can’t stop me from owning my own business, I owe diabetes a thank you for helping me start my own business!

9 thoughts on “I Can Own My Own Business with Type 1 Diabetes

  1. I admire you for this Chris! Aside from fear of being unsuccessful in business, I worry about the expense of medical coverage, so I choose to work in middle-management for larger companies. I don’t know how you do it, but it’s great that you do!

    1. Scott – the failure thing to me is something I don’t look at, because I win when I do something, because I don’t stop until I do win. The financial side of it, as having my own business, I can create more business and pay for health cost increases, as opposed to,when I worked for someone else, pay increases were few and far between, so for me personally, it was a no brainer.

  2. Thanks for sharing you can own your own business with type 1 diabetes. I have discouraged my son because of the health insurance coverage but after reading your blog I will try to be more encouraging. Thanks for the positive blog.

    1. Health is not a reason why you can’t own a business. Hustle and drive is why you can’t. If he has the drive and hustle and mentality that he will not, because he cannot lose, then he Weill be successful….even with diabetes.

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