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Re: [IP] Teenagers and Diabetes



As a parent of a diabetic ...THANK YOU!!!!!!
 I needed to hear that!!
----- Original Message -----
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2002 11:45 AM
Subject: [IP] Teenagers and Diabetes


> I was diagnosed at the age of 13 and I am thankful that my mom is also a
T1
> DMER.  If it hadn't been for her having the disease also, I think my life
> would have changed and done a complete 360.  I was still allowed to do all
> the things I had done before being diagnosed.  I know my parents still
wanted
> me to feel like a "regular teenager."
>
> I spent the night at friend's homes, I went to parties, I dated, and I
went
> to camp and all the other fun stuff a kid is supposed to do.  Everyone was
> aware that I was a little "different" but no one said anything about it
and
> just let me do my thing when I needed to do it.
>
> I was NOT allowed to come home from the hospital until I was testing my
own
> BG's and giving my own shots.  I think that was one of the best things
that
> ever happened to me, because starting right out from day 1 I was
responsible
> for my own care.  Mom was there to help if I needed it, but other than
that -
> I was responsible for testing and giving my insulin injections.  She would
> help with the Regular amount I was to give (her being familiar with the
after
> affects of dropping) but other than that it sat all upon my shoulders.
>
> Let your kids be kids and let them figure some of the stuff out for
> themselves, otherwise later in life they will have NO idea what to do and
we
> all leave the nest sooner or later.
>
> Good luck to all you parents!!
>
> Gina
> 17 years T1
> Pumping since 4/1/01
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