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Re: [IP] pride (or at least acceptance)

I wear mine "out" most of the time. If you can't see the pump, you can 
usually see the tubing. I have always been very open with my diabetes, and I 
love the occasional opportunity to talk with someone who may have been 
thinking about the pump, but doesn't know there are resources out here like 
this list to talk to real live pumpers about their experiences. I know of at 
least two people who started pumps after we talked about mine when I was 
working retail and wore it out at work. Last week, I had a great 
conversation with a type 2, who is afraid to go on insulin as her dr 
recommended. I doubt she will be signing up for a pump tomorrow, but I do 
think I convinced her that shots are not nearly as scary as she 
envisioned.And then there was the day when I went into the bagel store, and 
another pumper was getting a demo from a pump rep...there are other pumpers 
out there :)

So, that was a really long winded answer to say every day is "wear your pump 
on the outside day" in my world. I figure if one person sees it, asks 
questions, and ends up making a choice to improve their life by getting a 
pump, then I'm glad I wore it out.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gary Marcus" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 10:54 AM
Subject: [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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