Re: [IP] pride (or at least acceptance)
I am proud of my pump. I have a tag on my work ID card that says I am a
pumper I do not hide it. I punch in my numbers at the cafeteria all the
time. Others have asked me about it and wish they had one also. Barbara
----- Original Message -----
From: Nancy Gregor<mailto:email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted<mailto:email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] pride (or at least acceptance)
I heartily agree with you Gary and also with Antonio. I'd be more than
help participate in something to my friends during diabetes awareness about
insulin dependant diabetes and wearing a pump.
Gary Marcus <email @ redacted<mailto:email @ redacted>> wrote:
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
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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remembering how to fly.
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