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9/11/12 11:43 A

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Our stories are very similar. I was diagnosed with type 1 in January of 1963. Back then they didn't have disposal syringes, self test blood glucose meters or even diet soda! So they have come a long way in treating it. Diabetes is the oldest disease known to man and still no cure! I'm doing well and so thankful to be blessed with two wonderful sons and a great husband, none of whom has diabetes, thank God! It's still a struggle every day but we'll get through. Keep well and God bless!
Pat

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9/11/12 11:15 A

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I am also a long timer living w/T1D since 1968. It is very possible to live a long, happy life with diabetes. The first place that starts is in your head. Just because we are T1's doesn't mean that we aren't like un-diabetics. We get lazy and make bad food choices sometimes too. As long a we don't do it on a regular basis, it's ok. It is possible to lose weight, it just takes more stubborness and stick-to-it-ness than those without diabetes. I believe we can do anything anyone else can do with a few modifications....depending on how much you want to do it!! Good luck to everyone here.

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8/26/12 8:07 P

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Yes you can live a long healthy life dealing with diabetes. It's not easy but I know you can do it. I'm working on losing weight which is a challenge dealing with insulin and blood sugar fluctuations and exercise, etc. but I'm sticking with it. Some good days and some bad but keep at it and I know you'll accomplish your goals. Good luch and God Bless!
Pat

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8/26/12 4:08 P

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I am so sorry that I missed this! I get SO excited when I meet people who have lived with diabetes for a long time as you are living proof that defy the first myth that I dealt with with I was diagnosed. I was so afraid that it was not possible for me to live a long fulfilling life with diabetes. Thank you so much for sharing your stories. When time allows, I'll probably be back with a lot of questions! emoticon

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5/8/12 4:21 P

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Hi Ruth,
So glad that you joined! I too have a lot of weight to lose. Don't get discouraged. I have been on Weight Watchers for 6 weeks now and have lost 10 lbs. It's a slow process but I'm hanging in there. Good luck to you!
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5/8/12 3:47 P

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I just joined today and am so glad I found this group! I have been living with T!D for 38 years, since i was 8 years old. I have been wearing a pump for about 18 years. I have a tremendous amount of weight to lose (75-85 lbs) but I love vegetables and like to be active when I get in the groove! Tried weight watchers online. It is a great program, but I think I can do the same thing here and not have to pay for it. The main thing for me was to find other Type 1s. And I did!

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3/9/12 4:37 P

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You're also a long timer! Thanks for the encouragement. Congrats on the weight loss! I joined Weight Watchers two weeks ago and so far I've lost 4 lbs. It's a slow go but I'm sticking with it. I have a long way to go! Good luck to you!

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3/9/12 6:25 A

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Welcome! I have been a type 1 diabetic for 49 years and joined Sparks People a little over a year ago. I've lost 10 lbs which doesn't sound like a whole lot but I am thrilled!!! It's a balancing act continually. I prefer to use glucose tablets so I don't get the calories, check my blood sugar before and after exercise, and make sure someone around me knows I'm diabetic should I get in trouble (I always wear a medical bracelet). Sparks has some encouraging and/or humorous quotes each day. Put them on a mirror or above your kitchen sink. God bless!

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3/8/12 7:30 P

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Thanks for the encouragement. You've also been dealing with this for a long time. I hope and pray that some day they'll find a cure! Several years ago I went through a pancreas transplant to rid myself of this but unfortunately it didn't pan out. Almost killed me! Guess we'll have to be content to do our best. Good luck to you!

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3/8/12 7:00 P

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Welcome Pat! I feel like a newbie because I've only been a type 1 for 25years! I have had a pump for half that time. I agree totally that it's always a balancing act. We have to plan our exercise by giving less of a bolus or reducing our basal rate. Our progress may be slow but we will get there and knowing that you and others are trying keeps me going, too!

Welcome to tnewell26, too!

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3/8/12 5:07 P

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Hello and best wishes. I am also new to this group. I was diagnosed in 1975. emoticon

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Don't let where you have been define where you are going!

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3/8/12 1:44 P

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It certainly is a balancing act...excersise makes ur sugars go low which requires u to eat more so u end up defeating the purpose right....I try totest before exercise and right after and try to keep my quick fixes to just glucose tablets which arent so many calories,keep up the good work

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3/8/12 10:55 A

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Hi, my name is Pat and I'm a type 1 diabetic since 1963. I've been on a pump for 8 years and find it helps control my diabetes. I'm glad I found this group and hope to learn from others. I have 50 pounds to lose and finding it extremely difficult to cut my calories, exercise and keep my blood sugar in check. I've recently joined Weight Watchers and have lost 2 1/2 pounds so far but having lots of lows and highs. It's a difficult balancing act!

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