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Re: [IP] 20 years and still kicking!

"Dittos" on the positive attitude.

As I was waiting for my pump approval.  I decided I wanted it by the end of
December 99, (I had already maxed my out of pocket for the year).  I
contacted MiniMed so I was aware of what they needed.  I then was in contact
with both MiniMed and my insurance at least once a day until it was
approved.  I got involved on the 7th of December and had my pump in hand on
the 14th.  My family and everyone of the 70 or 80 people I work with though
I was worse than any kid at Christmas.

Tom Carlson - 32 years D, 3 months on a pump

-----Original Message-----
From: RoseLea <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2000 8:34 AM
Subject: Re: [IP] 20 years and still kicking!

>Jeanie wrote:
><<Well, here it is, March 11, 2000, my 20-year anniversary with D.  When I
>diagnosed at age 19 my mom asked the Dr how long until I would be well.  No
>one in my family knew a thing about diabetes.  His response was, "NEVER,
>she has a long time left, probably about 20 years."  I was newly married
>weeks before and was devestated.  The Dr then went on to tell me to get
>pregnant soon if I wanted children because I wouldn't get to much past 40.
>Quite a quack, huh?  He was president of the ADA for the state I was in.>>
>Wow!  I must be one lucky person.  I've NEVER had a Dr. who passed a death
>sentence on to me because of having D.  All my Dr's, even from the first
>one, told me I could have every bit a "normal" life as anyone else,
>providing I followed my scheduled and did what I was supposed to do.  Now,
>was 11 when dx'd nearly 37 years ago, and there were times in those teenage
>years when I didn't really want to do all that extra stuff, but I generally
>was a good "rule follower" (still am) and managed to do well.  After all
>this time, I have no complications and planned to live to 84.  Now that I
>have my pump coming (providing the insurance pays the bill), I've now set
>sights on 100!  I think a positive attitude has a lot to do with it too.
>And, sometimes just plain luck.  Good luck and best wishes to all the
>long-timers (and the short-timers too).  Long healthy lives to everyone!
>Type 1 for nearly 37 years, pump arrives on Thursday!
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