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Old 03-17-2017, 16:00   #1
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Default There's more to life than diabetes.

Sometimes we focus so much on managing our diabetes (especially on the forum), that we forget that it is not who we are. Most of us have other activities that consume the better part of our days.

I like to help people, so do some volunteer work at a Pantry and a church-run thrift store. I'm retired so can choose what I want to do. I have a couple hobbies as well - within the area of paper craft and bookbinding. Something I can do at home in my leisure. I also like to read mystery novels - British sleuths mostly.

Anyone want to share what you are doing - work/career, hobbies, recreation, etc.?

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I'll go...

I have a wife and 2 kids. Married almost 27 years. Kids are 16 and 21.

I work as a database manager in a data analytics company for about 18 years

only hobbies I really have is helping my children with life and school. I still help my son study for tests (hes a senior in college). Currently helping my daughter with AP Chemistry...

I also belong to relay for life which helps get donations for the fight for a cure for cancer.

And besides my starbucks addiction, thats about it

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I absolutely love that you started this discussion because it took me a long time to realize that diabetes doesn't define me. It isn't who I am.

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My interests tend to include just about anything that involves the outdoors, especially camping and hiking.

I also enjoy writing and photography.
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Well VeeJay, now you have gone and done it....Yep, give me a platform to talk and now I can really talk (or write in this case). Now my grammar isn't my strong point and my spelling is gone, but I still have lot's to say...??!!

I retired back in 2012, was not really ready I wanted to work 4 more years...but I had been losing my hearing and my hearing aids helped little. I was in management and not being able to hear clearly, when in management is impossible...so I resigned and retired early. I was thankful I had that option....

I am now 66 and when you talk hobbies, I have a few old ones and some new ones I am working on...my old ones first....Playing guitar, oil painting, and water color painting, primarily landscapes and seascapes. Love building wooden airplanes to fly and plastic WWII airplanes for display. I read everything I can find about world war II (my Dad fought with George Patton). I hunt ducks, pheasant, and quail and train my dogs. The reason I do this is my three Golden Retrievers and my two adult sons require that I hunt birds and have well trained dogs...it is actually how I keep getting to spend extra time with my kids, and soon my Grandkids....

As for new hobbies I have started learning to play the banjo bluegrass style, I went back to doing magic tricks and shows that I did as a kid, only now I can afford to buy a few tricks...I took over my Dad's coin and currency collection when he died. I have found it fun and interesting, and even made a few bucks with it. I am trying to expand my reading into the Civil War and the Revolutionary War. And I am writing a non fiction book about growing up in the 50's in the high mountains of Colorado.

And if that's not enough I have 3 kids all grown up with families of their own. They blessed me with 6 wonderful Grandkids (all who love my magic shows) ranging from 20 to 2 years, 4 girls and 2 boys which includes a pair of 20 year old twin Granddaughters....and last but not least my dear wife who I met in college our freshman year. We will celebrate 48 years together in November. She still is the light in my life and provides me with the true spice of life (she is a red head, as are 3 of my 4 Granddaughters) Yep and I am totally grey!

Having been raised in Colorado mountains we (Yep, my wife also grew up in Colorado) return yearly and spend time in the mountains. This year I am taking my oldest son and his daughter (12) and his son (8) on an overnight backpacking trip up over 10,000 feet. I am preparing already and looking forward to showing them the 'View of the night sky' from 10,000 ft. It is something everyone should do once....or 1,000 times if you can!

That about covers it...owe I almost forgot, my recent A1c was up a bit, but not bad at 6.4....and my weight is still at 270, 50lbs lighter than I was when I met all of you in the spring of 2015! Thanks to all who helped me travel down this road....as you see, being diabetic does not define me or even slow me down....

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Cool, div2live

I can relate to a lot of what you have mentioned. Lived in Boulder and Colo. Springs and went into the mountains all the time. Honeymooned in Estes Park - back when it was a small town. (We live in the flatlands now and miss the cool mountain air and smell of pine) I painted in watercolor for several years (still lifes mostly). Put together several models in my teen years.

There is so much to do if one has interests.

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VeeJay....maybe we crossed paths....as I graduated from Palmer High School in 1968...played football, wrestled, and played baseball.....

My parents left moved to Colo. Sprgs 1964, my Dad found a new job... I had just finished 8th grade.....I was in Gunnison from 1955 until 1964....I now live near KCMO....have to go back to Colorado once and a while to get grounded again...it is a small world...

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EEK, I lived in the Springs Nov 74 to Aug 76. Went to El Paso Community College and worked at a gas station on Academy Boulevard.

14,000 foot is a better view. Love the country, the cities, not so much.

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EEK, I lived in the Springs Nov 74 to Aug 76. Went to El Paso Community College and worked at a gas station on Academy Boulevard.

14,000 foot is a better view. Love the country, the cities, not so much.
Well heck I just missed you....I graduated from Palmer in 1968 and then went to college in Oklahoma. I worked summers at the Ramada Inn off of I-25 going north out of town. While I was in high school during the summers I worked at a gas station located in Pleasant Valley which is located just a mile or two south of the Garden of the Gods...

But by 1972 I was living in Denver, going to Regis University....

Small world it is!

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I belong to a Book Art club, where we meet once a month to discuss handmade books, and someone in the club will present a type of book to the others to make during the meeting. I just came back from a meeting where I was presenting the project. It went well. This particular project is going to be in three parts. So, one down, two more to go.

I enjoy getting together with people who share my interest in handmade books. I have been making small books for a few years now. Some are accordion books, some pamphlet type, some case-bound. Some an artsy content, some just notebooks or journals with fancy covers.

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I'm pursuing music production (Balancing with my day time job as an Electrician). You are right. We are not our diabetes. We are more then that. Most of what I eat is plant based and I can assure you, it has done wonders for me. Perhaps start off with a super greens powder.

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