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Re: [IPk] Re: Letter & adoption

may I just point out that parents or intended parents with diabetes are 
exclude from adopting so this is not an option

>From: Nanette Chana Freedman <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Re: Letter To Balance, also flying
>Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 03:32:12 -0700 (PDT)
> > Re: [IPk] Re: Letter To Balance
> >We all have different experiences and feelings, and thank goodness for
> >that, if we were all to think the same way the pumpers group would not
> >exist and which would be the chosen method of thought - perhaps that
> >national front, what would life be like then? Some people might choose
> >treat diabetes in the same way as leprosy was in biblical times, even
> >that would hardly have reduced the diabetic population because most
> >diabetics do not have any ancestors who had diabetes (type1) and those
> >get type2 normally do so after their child bearing age.
> >Please note what I said about people's views being (greatly) dependant
> >their own experience.
>Just wanted to comment on your last sentence, with reference to the
>letter to Balance about fertility treatment for a type 1 diabetic.  The
>letter also outraged me, for all the reasons which other people have
>mentioned, but also for the additional one that I myself (long before
>diagnosis of diabetes - I developed type 1 two and a half years ago at
>age 48) underwent fertility treatment (though fortunately did not need
>to resort to something as drastic as IVF).  The experience of years
>where we were apparently unable to have children was for me very
>devastating.  Anyone who has not been there should take a minute to
>consider it before excluding anyone in that situation from the
>possibility of help.  Things may have changed, but adoption, which we
>were starting to consider seriously at the time when I finally became
>pregnant, is difficult - certainly in the 1970's there were very few
>babies who were candidates for adoption in England.
>After all the saga of infertility, to my great amazement and profound
>gratitude, I did eventually have 4 children, none of whom so far have
>diabetes, but since type 1 seems to start relatively late in our family
>(although I am really the latest!), it is far from impossible that one
>or other of them may eventually develop diabetes, and yes, I will feel
>guilty (but perhaps no more so than about numerous other not-so-great
>traits they may have inherited or picked up from the environment we
>have provided for them), though I am cautiously optimistic that
>treatment options will have advanced further by then so that the impact
>on their lives, while presumably still non-trivial, will at least be
>On a more practical level, could someone reassure me once more about
>flying - is it really entirely safe to go through the metal detectors
>etc without them in some way affecting the pump?  the only time I did
>fly with the pump, just to be sure I did insist on not taking the pump
>through the metal detector (because someone said to me just think what
>a dreadful way to begin a trip if the pump was somehow disabled) - is
>this reasonable, or should I just forget such anxieties and walk
>confidently through, pump and all, on a planned trip to the US in three
>weeks time?
>Thanks very much
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