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Re: [IP] Re: Parental support (was Relationships...)
>In a message dated 98-03-06 18:07:18 EST, Becky Draper writes:
>>The same guidance counselor was also shocked the day I walked into his office
>to pickup an application for college. "How can you go to college if you have
>diabetes?" I graduated from college with a B.S. in Education....
I was planning on, had always planned on and still think about, becoming a
doctor. I was always told that people with diabetes could not survive
internship. The weird thing is that the only person at that time who
supported me was my GP (moved after a year!). He lobbied me everytime I
Unfortunately, I did listen to the naysayers. I also did not go into
Social Work ("too much stress for a person with diabetes"). Luckily I hung
around in university long enough to get some self-confidence and became a
crisis counsellor. I have a BA, started an MA and go back this fall. My
average was 97% in my last year. I will always regret not going in to
medicine, even more now that I see how much doctors with diabetes could
influence other people with diabetes.
To the parents I see here, I say "Great Work and keep it up!!" I am so
impressed with the attitude within this group, because I still hear what I
was told coming from many people who talk about diabetes.
type 1, 18 years
pump, 13 years
PS I once walked into my guidance counsellor office and told her I was
very depressed and wasn't taking insulin so I could lose weight. She said
people with diabetes were pains in the rear ends and we should all just
shut up and stop being so self-involved. So I shut up. Had my only DKA
soon after that and spent a week in intensive care. And people wonder why
I never believe anything I hear anymore!
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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