My support system was amazing. My wife was perfect. Even to this day, (the diagnosis) helped our family for the better. I travel and speak about diabetes, and how to live with it and how it can transform your family, for the better. She learned how to cook healthier, we stopped eating so many sweets and fried foods. We learned how to eat in moderation, and it helped us all out.
The biggest part to me, and someone that I give a lot of credit to who isn’t here right now, is Mr. Dan Rooney, the chairman of the Steelers. He had two kids with Type 1 Diabetes, and that really made a difference to me. A particular story sticks out to me, it starts with me laying on the training table. I was going through a low blood sugar episode and I didn’t understand what was going on, and I was shaking and sweating and just didn’t feel good. The one thing he told me – I’ll never forget it – was, "The grass out there, will be there. Don’t worry about that. I want you to live a long and healthy life. Do what the doctors tell you to do, and the rest will take care of itself." The fact that he was sitting there checking on me, showed that he had a heart and cared about me as a person, that made a world of difference to me.