Blind Diabetic: ‘Diabetes Is Difficult, But Doesn’t Need To Be A Disaster’

By Libby Smith

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo (CBS4) – Matthew Weed is writing a book on his laptop. The computer talks to him through a screen reading program called JAWS. Weed is blind and has been most of his life.

“What I hope people will get from the book really is that it doesn’t take a lot to make a big difference, and to have an impact on people’s lives,” Weed told CBS4.

Dr. Matthew Weed (credit: CBS)

Dr. Matthew Weed (credit: CBS)

Weed relies on others to help him achieve extraordinary goals, like rollerblading. He also relies on others to help him manage his Type 1 diabetes, a diagnosis he got when he was 1-year-old.

“There really aren’t tools and technology for me to be able to do these things independently,” Weed said.

Someone has to track his food and exercise, read his glucometer, and load his insulin syringes.

“One becomes very aware of logistics. Everything becomes about logistics,” Weed explained.

Matthew Weed gets help checking his blood sugar level. (credit CBS)

Matthew Weed gets help checking his blood sugar level. (credit CBS)

While the logistics are complicated, Weed called diabetes manageable, even when you can’t see.

“Diabetes is difficult, but it isn’t and doesn’t need to be a disaster,” Weed said.

He speaks about his journey with Type 1, and supports the American Diabetes Association. He’ll be walking the 5K at Tour de Cure with a little help from a guide.

Matthew Weed roller blades with a guide. (credit: Matthew Weed)

Matthew Weed roller blades with a guide. (credit: Matthew Weed)

The American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure is Saturday, Sept. 24 at Salisbury Park in Parker. This year’s event includes a 20K family-friendly bike ride, a 50K ride, a 100K ride and a 100-mile century ride, a 5K fun run/walk, and a festival.

LINK: American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure

Libby Smith is a Special Projects Producer at CBS4. If you have a story you’d like to tell CBS4 about, call 303-863-TIPS (8477) or visit the News Tips section.


One Comment

  1. Sara1980 says:

    In July of 2015. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results to how for my hard work. I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” HOW I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next morning. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 30 pounds in my first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods….

  2. Andrei says:

    Well I Got diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes  and was placed on Metformin. Swapped to the ADA diet 100% for a month – ZERO progress getting my blood sugar below 140. Even my Doctor was pretty ineffective as far as treatment options went (Metformin until Insulin…). Luckily, I found the Big Diabetes Lie book – – created by Dr. Sidorov to help you figure out how to beat diabetes naturally, without being dependent on medications!!! Since following that protocol I’ve lost over 30 pounds and shaved 7 inches off my waist. I have more energy than ever, and can even work out twice on the same day when I feel like it. I hope that more people begin to open their eyes to the dead-end that is depending only on medications for Diabetes – there is a lot of success to be seen trying natural methods.

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