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Re: [IP] teaching
- Subject: Re: [IP] teaching
- From: email @ redacted
- Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 10:40:07 EDT
This is my first year teaching. I am a high school French and English
teacher. I have spent the first 3/4 of the year as the old me-without pump
and I am finishing up our final quarter as a pumper.
It has been a terrific, rewarding year and my diabetes has not proved to be
of any detriment at all. Maybe I am blessed with the most wonderful
administration, but we are allotted a certainnumber of personal and sick days
and we use them as we see fit, provided we have a substitute teacher. No one
asks any questions or passes any judgment. In fact, everyone is supportive.
The students are very interested to hear about the trials and tribulations of
a diabetic. I even teach some diabetics and hopefully am providing them with
a positive role model. When I first got pumped, I was a guest speaker for
our anatomy class, who had just finished a unit on endocrinology.
Some days, with high blood sugar, saying I feel drained is an understatement,
but somehow you muddle through it. We all have our good days as well as our
bad. Of course those nasty highs were pre-pump....
A little biographical info, I am 26 years and 10 months old. I've had DM for
25 years and 9 months. A VERY LONG TIME. I have suffered no lasting
complications, other than being irritated and frustrated and annoyed with
this pain in the ^^*& disease!
Don't let your diabetes define or limit who you are. It is one aspect of a
very complex you. As my fiance says, it has helped create the person I am
today and he wouldn't want me any other way!! Go for those dreams, girl!!!
You can do it.
Now teaching....that's a whole different ballgame on its own! haha!
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