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[IPk] Tolkien (and pumping too, I promise)

I fear this is getting off-topic, but I'll try and bring it back at the
>A third possibility... people with type 1 diabetes long to escape into a
>fantasy world where all evils and trials are eventually conquered. Hence
>they are more likely to be attracted to Tolkein's works than the population
>at large...
I LotR, 'all evils and trials' are not eventually conquered.  The end of
the book is just a pause in the long slip into defeat.  Not that this
difference in interpretation has a great difference on the third cause:
reading speculative fiction does offer a type 1 an escape.  All fiction
is escapist (in my opinion) but speculative fiction is _so_ different,
the day-to-day problems are put further behind (anyone wondered about
the carbohydrate content of lembas, no, I thought not).

>But probably all 3 reasons in conjunction.
>Just as curious, when I arrived at Cambridge University in 1984, in my year
>at my college there were 300 students. 3 of us had type 1 diabetes. Similar
>stats to the TS. Coincidence? Perhaps not. Diabetes can make you more
>introverted and bookish. So you're likely to be better academically. It
>also makes you face challenges head on, so you're more likely to try and
>get into Cambridge. And if you get it pre-adolescence, it does affect your
>character. So we were all likely to be driven subconsciously to choose the
>same college.
>But curiouser is that one guy lived in the room below me. I knew him quite
>well. But we never once mentioned the dreaded D-word. I only knew he had
>diabetes via a mutual friend. That was how angry and secretive I felt about
>this wretched diabetes thing.
Back to diabetes (well, more towards diabetes).  At the interview for my
current job (a little over a year ago), I gave a presentation on
intellectual access to museums.  I was questioned as to why I was
interested in this, and began by explaining that my interest in
access/barriers came from being a type 1 diabetic.  At the lunch break,
one of the panel told me that he thought I was brave for mentioning
this.  Brave?  I can take the ignorant telling me I'm brave for putting
needles into myself.  But brave for saying at an interview that I'm
diabetic (when it's on the application form, too)?  The interviewer was
younger than me (in his 20s) with a type 1 girlfriend.  

Which brings me to my pump question: is using a pump seen by the
ignorant (i.e. insurers, employers, doctors who are met for other
reasons than diabetes) seen as (as one diabetes specialist told me, just
before I sacked him) 'only for those who are in serious trouble - a last
resort'.  (I know they aren't, but are they seen as such?  Does this
cause trouble?)

Best wishes to all,
Pat Reynolds
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