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RE: [IP] Hating Diabetes

I'm FINALLY not able to resist adding to this huge HATING DIABETES Thread.  
 Gail you tipped me over the edge:-) So, did a Tom and all the other folks who
have a similar "LIVE AND KEEP TRUCKIN'" attitude!
 I've been T1 since I was 3, I don't remember life before Diabetes and my
parents never made it into a THING TO BE HATED either. It's the thing I/we had
to deal with...or NOT deal with in referring to my college days:-~... and that's
 I can't imagine NOT doing something or going for a goal because of Diabetes! I
had never even thought of that until the first several sad posts came up
yesterday or the day before! I'm sorry some of you feel that way and I hope you
are able to find a way through the troubles! I hope you don't just sit in them
and let them fester, though!
 If I "didn't do things" because I was a 24 year Diabetic I definitely wouldn't
be 25 weeks pregnant and still going to toning and aerobics classes every other
day and feeling great!!:-)
 I hope you all can find a way to get through the difficulties and live your
lives the way you want to!
Best wishes and happy days to all!
--janet (Dx @ age 3, pumping H-tron+ since 6/00; 25 weeks pregnant:-)
-----Original Message-----
From: gail d [mailto:email @ redacted]
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 10:01 PM
To: ip list
Subject: Re: [IP] Hating Diabetes 

Personally - I NEVER had any of those "nagging fears"
that you refer to.  My parents never ever made
diabetes out to be something horrible or that I was
suffering because of it.  It was simply the way it
was.  Still is.

I have never had the fear factor.  I applied to the
Peace Corps as a senior in college (that would be the
early 80s for the math challenged) and spent one hour
trying to convince the recruiter (who said I had the
best application he'd ever seen) to relax the
government's rules to allow diabetics entry into their
overseas programs.  Didn't work, but I gave it my best
shot.  That's only the 2nd thing in my life I couldn't
do because of diabetes.  The 1st is to climb Mt.
Everest but my insulin would freeze.  Implantable
pumps won't work at that altitude.  Bummer.  Guess
I'll have to settle on Katmandu.

I just packed up the syringes and bottles of insulin
and hopped in the planes, trains, and automobiles that
took me whereever I wanted to go.  I am still living
while traveling - why am I confined to the comfort of
my own home when I could be doing it in Chiusi Italy
or at the bottom of the Grand Canyon or atop the
Eiffel Tower or on the train from Grand Central to New
Haven or on safari in the RSA.  Having a pump
certainly has made it easier - but I managed to do it
all those years as a teenager BEFORE I had a pump -
and usually ALONE.

What is my fear?  That there isn't enough time in the
day to do EVERYTHING that I want to do.  Maybe
diabetes made me this way, who knows, and more
importantly WHO CARES?  

Diabetes is secondary to the choices I make in my
life.  We all have choices.  Of course, EMWV or not.  

-gail in denver
Dx'd T1 02/14/72 @ age 11.  Pumping since 1985-ish.

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