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1/30/12 9:31 P

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Hello,

Welcome to the group. I have only had Type 1 for 3 years, since I was 39. So I'm an old person with Diabetes. :) My suggested to all of you would be to get involved. Finding support from people that share my illness has been a Godsend. I admit that I might be over doing it, but it works.

I am active with a local adult support group (if there isn't one, ask your Dr. to help you organize one).

I am a JDRF penpal moderator (EXCELLENT group for kids to meet other kids living with Diabetes), there is an expectation that parents will review the kid's emails, but we also monitor what kids say to one another. I personally get a kick out of the reading because I learn so much from the little ones.

I am also on the planning committe for the local ADA Step Out walk. I am responsible for Red Striders, so it gives me another opportunity to connect to others living with Diabetes.

I did Diabetes blogging for a while, but lost interest. But I still blog as a hobby on Dlife.

Oh, I forgot -I signed up to lead this team because I want to keep it going. It's tough, but we need eachother.

Yes, I live and breathe Diabetes -but it works for me.

Think about it, find those who understand you and live to support you and provide you with positive energy.

Wishing you the best, feel free to contact me also.

" Sometimes God places people in your life who help and encourage you even when they don't know it"


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1/10/12 10:45 A

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Hi Esquid,
I've had type 1 diabetes for 23 years, since I was 3, similar to yourself. I don't think it's fair that your family gets annoyed when you have to stop and check your blood sugar. You'd think they'd appreciate you taking precautions rather than passing out while cross country skiing and forcing them to drag you back or call an ambulance, right? My little sister has type 1 diabetes too so I suppose it made it a bit easier to deal with it when we were growing up, but I have not connected with any other type 1 diabetics since. It's really hard to work out, eat properly and lose weight when you have diabetes because of low blood sugars, and the fact that insulin is a fat-storing hormone. You shouldn't feel like diabetes is your burden to carry alone; it is not your fault that you have it. If you ever need to talk you can always message me! Good luck with everything.

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1/3/12 1:42 P

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I am actually a parent of a child who is type 1. However, I believe it is critical to connect with others who have the same condition as you. My son's school has 3 other students that are type 1 and we know them all. I can't imagine how alone you must have felt as a child with no one else around like you. Today there are so many more resources out there. You just have to know where to look (JDRF, ADA, local hospital support groups, TuDiabetes, etc.)

I have always had an interest in helping others who want to improve their health and even more so since my son was diagnosed. Reach out to me anytime.

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1/3/12 11:47 A

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Hi, I am new to sparkppl and kind of new to this whole discussions thing. I am 21 and have had type 1 diabetes for 20 years. I was raised to never let this disease control my life but recently it has felt more like my own personal ball and chain. Over the last 6 months or so, I kind of let go of things, stopped exercising and watching my diet and it really screwed things up. I love to exercise but as many of you probably know, that is complicated by diabetes. My favorite exercises are running, biking, and cross country skiing. The latter is especially hard and now I have the extra challenge of being overweight and out of shape. When I ski with my family they are annoyed that I have to stop and check my blood sugar. I never felt like I met people who knew what I was going through. I felt like this was my burden to carry alone. But now it has become apparent to me that I should have someone to talk to that knows what I'm talking about.

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