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Re: [IP] Re: Optimism


At 10:55 AM 8/10/99 -0400, you wrote:
>     I have been reading these posts, and have tried to remember how I felt 
>     when I was diagnosed more than 20 years ago. I was 10. I remember 
>     being embarrassed, I remember a kid taunting me with a Ding Dong at 
>     lunch once. I remember heading into my teen years as a geeky girl with 
>     braces and pimples and it being very hard. I never tested my urine, I 
>     took my shots, and my dr. always told me I was doing great, but he 
>     never really kicked me in the butt to do anything about it. Then I 
>     went to college, away from everybody I had ever known and picked my 
>     own dr. I knew I needed someone who would make me do what I had to do 
>     or I'd never do what i was told. I found one, and I think being put in 
>     charge of myself helped me alot. I've always been a positive person, 
>     but diabetes was the ONLY part of my life that I felt down about. It 
>     still gets me down in little, insidious ways. I could write forever 
>     here about all those ways, but I guess overall I tell myself, and 
>     anyone who asks or tries to tell me how much I'd better take care of 
>     myself that I try as hard as I can, but I am human, and am not 
>     perfect. Some days are great, some aren't. There are days when I can't 
>     LOOK at a lancet because it reminds me. But diabetes isn't who I AM. I 
>     am a mom, a wife, a friend. I HAVE diabetes, but I try hard not to let 
>     it have me, in all those silly ways it can. I don't know-you're either 
>     born with a positive spin or you're not and you have to work really 
>     hard to get that spin. The fact that we are here on this list is a 
>     very positive thing, that we care deeply about ourselves, or our loved 
>     ones. We are taking steps in the right direction here. I, for one, 
>     have felt more positive since joining, and have felt less burdened. I 
>     hope the rest of you guys feel that way too. I feel I should ask for 
>     an "AMEN!" from the congregation now. Just kidding,
>     Sarah:)
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