South Charlotte

Diabetic is not only living but living well

Brian Pusateri is a fun guy.

He's smart, witty and well read. One has to be on their toes to keep up with him.

He was born in Elgin, Ill., and moved to the Matthews area with his family when he was in fourth grade.

He's the eldest of three.

Pusateri's younger brother, Nathan, lives in Chicago, and his sister, Amy, is general manager of CharBar No. 7 in Carmel Commons.

"My mother's family is Irish, and my father's is Italian," Pusateri said. "It's a good mix. Some like to cook, and I like to eat." Pusateri graduated from Charlotte Catholic when it was on Park Road, at the current home of Holy Trinity Middle School.

"I played baseball in high school. It would've been great to be in the pros," he said. Pusateri received his degree in history, with a minor in art, from Appalachian State University.

Pusateri, 35, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was 12.

"I'm a strong proponent of the benefits of having an insulin pump," he said. "Last year, before I had the pump, my insulin levels weren't where they were supposed to be and I went into diabetic shock. I woke up a sick man in the hospital, where I spent five days. It took months to get my strength back.

"The pump helps immensely with managing my diabetes. I feel more in control."

Pusateri always travels with a cooler in his truck to carry snacks for emergencies.

He still loves sports and plays league softball four nights a week.

"It's great exercise and a lot of fun," he says. Pusateri also enjoys reading, with historical fiction being his favorite genre.

He's an artist at heart.

Pusateri has been doing mostly watercolors on plywood. His goal is to have a show.

"Painting is a good outlet. I let my creativity take over," he said.

He's single and lives with his mixed terrier, Otter, in south Charlotte.

Pusateri has his own contracting business, specializing in home repairs and improvements: BJustinPusateri@hotmail.com.

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