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Old 08-07-2012, 22:38   #41
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It depends. I thought all my friends know, then someone I've known for years and even traveled with said, "wait, you're diabetic?" Makes me wonder if people actually listen to a word I say!
Honestly, I view this as a compliment. I have a chronic pain condition and when a friend 'forgets' it, something we both know they know, it says they're not defining me by that, and it's nice.

My last year's near obsession w/ learning about diabetes, the endocrine system, lipids, pharmaceuticals, etc - has made me talk about it too much - more the issues than my own diabetes. But I've also seen a lot of interest in what I've learned. That said, hopefully I'm reaching a point of balance ... and will give some of my friends the opportunity to forget I have diabetes.
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Old 08-07-2012, 23:02   #42
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Smile young/old T1s of the 70's

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It's good to know another very young diagnosed back in the days of the 70's. There aren't many of us about are there!?!

Back on a system that I used when I was a kid, think I may just be regressing to what really works, never mind what the "new" ways are now. If it ain't broken don't fix it kind of thing.

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Interesting to read the posts, so glad that people are just doing their own thing - after all all our diabetes are particular to us, what works for one won't for another.

I jab anywhere nowadays, no one takes much notice with a pen. Can continue to talk and do jab as I go, my more uncle hates needles and has been know to tell me to get on with it just before he goes a really funny shade of pale!

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Old 08-08-2012, 01:56   #44
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Why hide what you can't change ... I'm not here to make it easier on anybody else by hiding it or injections-btests etc from them.
I didn't ask for it or cause it by anything I did .... Ive had it for almost 27years (I was 11) and it did take me a while to think "stuff it and what people think" ...

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I look at it this way: I have diabetes and the guy next to me at work has high BP and high cholesterol. He doesn't hide his condition but no one ever questions his dietary choices, so why do they question the diabetic? I track my carbs and know whether or not I can have a small piece of birthday cake or not. I believe I am in better control of my health than he is.
On a different note, today I hung up a sheet at work that explains what to do if a diabetic has a hypoglycemic episode. You'd be amazed at the questions and discussions it triggered, in a good way. Everyone at work is a bit wiser today.

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I think like this- life would be easier knowing diabetics.. Hiding the fact I have it, I will less likely run Into people with it. Infact I have always hid my diabetes till this year ( I'm 20 diagnosed when I was 6).. I met the first diabetic I've ever met in my entire life last weekend because I was wearing my pump out in the open looks like my plan is working Afterall

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:38   #47
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Adding further to my perspective

I hate being treated "special" because I have diabetes. People often act as if I'm unable to undertake normal things and I even remember people offering special consideration when I was at school. I always felt this would undermine my achievements.
Ive aced every education Ive undertaken, have a very successful career and traveled the world in addition to regularly running fun runs and lots of other exercise. Do I sound like I need that much special consideration?

I also hate the people that insist on following you around and whenever you refuse to eat something - state - oh you are not allowed to eat that
Its really demeaning. Imagine if I followed other people around and pointed out to them everytime they ate or didnt eat something the impact on their lived?

As life progresses I make sure some people know I have diabetes. Im definitely not hiding it but Im trying to keep my life as normal as possible and I think this is the way I will succeed

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Hi

yes, it's great to meet other diabetics, it's a bit of a specialist club - it's good to feel that you're not alone, you're not you're in a really excellent club.

I've made a number of really good friends just by going to the odd diabetic meeting.

Being a bit of a show off when I was little (having old fashioned syringes and bottles and attachable needles) I used me make a real show of drawing up the insulin, one poor man's eyes nearly popped out of his head. Mean of me? Maybe. A bit of strange humour fun even at 10 years old, Definately!

If people know they can help, they get why I ask that we have lunch at a certain time - my diabetes is totally run by the time I have lunch, all other meals at any time really, not lunch though! Weird and wonderful that's diabetes.

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Smile Stubborn?

Just wondering, would you consider yourself in some way stubborn, determined etc?

With every diabetic that I've ever met there's been a stubborn streak - nothing scientific here, but I thought I'd throw it out there as a bit of a question.

Personally I think that you have to be that bit more stubborn/determined to do what we have to.

I also think that there's a I'll show them/it about some diabetics (me included)...

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Here is another thought. One of our top Professor's, Tim Noakes also associated with Lewis Pugh the swimmer, refers to Diabetes as "Carb Resistant". I must say I like that name better than the 'stigma' of diabetes. We are carb resistant......sounds nicer
Maybe we should have a name change !!

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