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Re: [IP] giving up

What a testimony!  I have been diabetic for about 14 years and I am thrilled
at the advances I have seen even in that short time!  I am hooked up, wired
up and doing well despite having a chronic "disease".  I think that one of
the biggest benefits of IP is being able to hear the stories of others, the
good and the bad.  Some folks are just starting on this journey, others of
us have been around the block a few times, but I learn from all of you!

On 5/1/08, The Kubicka Family <email @ redacted> wrote:
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> As a parent of a 5 year old daughter with type 1, I really appreciate
> those
> of you who share how much  the tools to treat diabetes have changed over
> the
> years.  It makes me so grateful  for the tools I have had available the
> last 2 1/2 years since Mollie's diagnosis.  It gives me a great
> perspective
> and reminds me I have so much to be thankful for despite Mollie's
> diagnosis.
> I have learned so muc from all of you!
> Melissa
> Mom to  Mollie (5 yrs, dx 9-16-05, pumping Animas 12-12-05, Minilink 6-07,
> now PINK Animas 2020!)
> Nebraska
> -------Original Message-------
> From: email @ redacted
> Date: 4/25/2008 6:14:55 PM
> To: IP
> Subject: Re: [IP] giving up
> I don't think yo should give up. I think if you conside how lucky you are
> with
> regard to your diabetes. The last 20 years or so have been so easy to
> manage
> diabetes relative to the first 30 plus years that I've had it. I hardly
> think of
> iit anymore .
> For the first 30 plus years we had no BG monitors, We guessed and were
> always
> wrong. We boiled urine for 5 minutes for the first 10 years or so. We
> sharpened
> thick needles on nail files which left burrs that tore out skin. We stayed
> on
> rigid diets. We were not allowed to take many types of jobs. Doctors knew
> almost
> nothing about diabetes and in several cases almost killed me(doing things
> like
> taking me off insulin when I broke a femur saying diabetics at rest don't
> need
> insulin). And perhaps worst fo all, INSURANCE COVERED NOTHING related to
> diabetes, not ofice visits, not blood work and certainly not syringes or
> insulin. My favorite was when BLUE CROSS rehected a claim for syringes
> saying
> they were just like teaspoons that were used to adminster medication and
> since
> they didn't cover teaspoons, they didn't cover syringes either.
> Yes we all have it pretty lucky today. 53 years and not feeling bad about
> being
> a diabetic. Especially since getting the OmniPod whcih has set me free.
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