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[IP] pride (or at least acceptance)

First, I want to know how many points I get for resisting comments on the 
political banter; I've signed up for the spirit list and I will post my 
opinion there.

I've been diabetic for 26+ years.  I've been wearing a Paradigm 515 for a 
year and a half.  My only regret is that I didn't learn about pumps 20 years 
ago.  Since becoming a pumper I have looked for others out there in the real 
world.  I have only seen one other person wearing a pump.  She was in a 
grocery store and had her tubing wrapped around her belt loops in a 
decorative sort of way.  I was always very secretive about shooting up in 
public or even around friends.  I've been much more open with the pump.  It 
makes me wonder, why are people so secretive?  I would like to propose a 
national "coming out day".  I can say that I'm proud to have taken such a 
positive step in diabetes management; for those who are less than proud, at 
least they can demonstrate acceptance that they have a disease and are doing 
their best to control it.  Wouldn't it be great to choose a day to increase 
awareness about insulin pumping both for diabetics who aren't yet pumping as 
well as for non-diabetics who might get some misconceptions cleared up?  How 
many people would wear their pump on the outside of their clothing just for 
the day?  Wouldn't you like to find out who else you come in contact with is 
a pumper?  We've all joined this list for the support it offers.  We might 
inspire some non-pumping diabetics to improve their control.

Would there be support for a national (or international) pumper pride day?  
I'd love to see someone I don't know with a pump and flash him or her a 
glance at mine!

Gary (in Oakland, California)
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