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8/27/12 12:29 P

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I was diagnosed 17 years ago, a little older than most type 1's but they figured I probably had it earlier but being a emancipated teen who visits the doctor? lol I have only been pumping for 2 years now but I love the difference it makes, I feel like food no longer controls me and not having to stick to such a strict schedule has helped me a great deal both with my professional life and also when I travel as I love to travel!
My only frustration is like most Type 1 diabetics, although my A1C is well controlled and overall most of my sugars are, and I am in good health as far as kidneys, heart, eyes, cholesterol etc, I have definitely gained a few pounds having better control and I find it so hard to take it off!!
I know I have to eat healthy and exercise, but it is sooooooo frustrating when I am side by side with a non diabetic doing the same menu and workout and they lose 10 pounds in a month and I lose 2. But Im trying to stay pot\sitive and keep getting back up, brushing myself off and try try again!

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8/26/12 3:40 P

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WOW...love your response, I want to grow up to be just like you.

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


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8/21/12 10:52 A

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I have had T1 diabetes since 1968. When I was first diagnosed, I had a glass syringe that my mom had to boil. I used to pee and drop it into a test tube with some kind of fizzy tablet that changed all colors of the rainbow. Thank God for all of the technology since then!!! I have an insulin pump and it is by far the most freedom I have know all of my life. I use a CGMS and love that too. Having diabetes is not the end of the world. I feel that it has shaped the person that I am for the better. I never take anything for granted. I also do what I'm supposed to do because I don't let being diabetic stop me from doing anything that I want to do. I control my diabetes, my diabetes does not control me. I don't know any other way. emoticon

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8/7/12 11:11 P

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I sometimes wonder if my life would have been different if I was diagnosed at young age. Congratulations on being able to successfully manage your Diabetes.

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8/1/12 6:58 A

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I'm 25 and have had diabetes for 13 years. Been pumping for 11 of those years. My A1c's are usually 7.3-7.6ish, but the most recent one was not so hot: 8.7. Been refocusing a lot of energy on better control since then. So far no complications of any sort: no evidence of diabetes in my eyes, etc. I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I don't remember what it's like not to have diabetes.

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7/22/12 8:41 P

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Thanks for responding...you all offer us not too long ago diagnosed a lot of hope. Again, thanks for sharing your story.

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7/22/12 1:53 P

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I've had IDDM for 25 years and been on a pump for about 21 years. I guess I'd say I've been moderately successful in controlling my blood glucose but some years my A1C's were more around 8 than under 7.Regular exercise makes so much difference! I also developed hypothyroidism about 22 years ago and take levothyroxine for that.
I do not have any complications. I did have trigger thumb once. It went away after a couple of months of splinting. No surgery.


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SHORTYGETFIT's Photo SHORTYGETFIT Posts: 477
7/16/12 8:43 A

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I've had trigger finger, just spoke with someone about the surgery on Friday. Living with trigger finger is much worse than the surgery. It was pretty easy for me and recovery fairly quick. I had carpal tunnel and it went away...yay!

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SHORTYGETFIT's Photo SHORTYGETFIT Posts: 477
7/16/12 8:42 A

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Please keep the stories coming...love it!

One day I hope to get one of these:
http://www.joslin.org/diabetes-research/
medalist_program.html

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


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7/16/12 8:27 A

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I have had Type 1 for 38+ years, pumping for about 15 years. Yikes - didn't realize I had been on the pump that long. I started out taking 1 shot of NPH and testing my urine (not with a stick either).At least I had disposable syringes. I started taking regular insulin when pregnant with my second child and in a study group for March of Dimes. I then decided taking multiple shots would give me more flexibility so talked my doctor into that back in 1988 or so.

I have very few it any complications. I have had Trigger Thumb release surgery and Carpal Tunnel release surgery - both of which diabetics are prone to have. My eyes have had some background retinopathy but are looking good now. Kidneys doing great also.

I am working on reducing my carbs but somedays it is a bit hard. I keep trying though. I find that being on the pump it is too easy to just take some extra insulin rather than ignore the cravings and my weight shows it!

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7/16/12 12:21 A

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I've been type 1 for 20 years, pumping for eight. I was fortunate to have an incredible endocrinologist when I was diagnosed who told me all about a "new study called the DCCT trial" and convinced me to do multiple daily injections as well as reduce my carbs.

I'm proud to say that my endo, my GP, my eye doc, and my dentist all tell me, "if I didn't look at your chart, I'd never know you had diabetes."

No complications and I'm hoping to keep it that way.

Valerie


Valerie

Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.



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7/15/12 11:53 P

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Sorry I haven't been keeping up with this group. I have actually been working on a Diabetes project. I'm writing late as usual...so this will be brief.

Anyone interested in co-leadership? I haven't even had time to pass out goodies this month. :(

Just curious, how long have you had Diabetes? I'm always interested in knowing how many years I can look forward to living with Diabetes. -Love hearing stories of those who has been managing their Diabetes for 25+ years.

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


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