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[IP] when did you have full responsibility for your diabetes



I have been reading all the different responses with great interest.  I was 
diagnosed at 14 and am now almost 53 ( in two weeks) and managing diabetes 
was a great deal different back then before glucose meters and multiple shots 
- but I manages my diabetes by myself from the very beginning.  My parents 
were wonderful about their attitude toward the diagnosis and never thought of 
it as a "death sentence" when talking to me although I know they always 
worried about me.  They always encouraged me to do everything that my friends 
were doing and I did.  I went to camp for many summers and not a diabetes 
camp and went to the infirmary to pick up my insulin and give myself shots.  
I went to Europe after my first year in college for 7 weeks with two girl 
friends and had a wonderful time.  My husband and I travel a great deal to 
many countries including Africa, Guatemala, China, Thailand, Malasia.  Last 
summer we hiked in Switzerland and it was shortly after I started on the pump 
and travel was much easier including changing time zones and changing 
activity levels. I have taken several weekend biking trips and again being 
onthe pump was much easier than before I was on the pump. I always think my 
mother was wonderful in giving me the attitude that if I was responsible I 
could handle most situations with little diffifulty.  Try to give that 
message to your children and they will be much more accepting of their 
responsibility in handling their control.  Debby
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