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   Posted 10/25/2005 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello from Australia (I presume this is a US based board).
I was recently diagnosed with type 2.  Along with many receiving such news, I was pretty depressed and it will be a little time before I've put the 'black dog' into the background. On diagnosis you immediately think that you are going to go blind, have a stroke or heart attack and have limbs removed very soon.  But each day you learn something new and while you know that unless you take precautions, bad things might happen soon, you also see that you can manage this with (hopefully) minimal change.  This is the first real time I've brought many thoughts and feelings to the fore, so I apologise if I ramble. While wallowing around in my misery, I started to think how (comparatively) well off I was.  Being type 1 cannot be much fun from many angles.  Nor can having any form of diabetes and other chronic diseases either.  But then I thought of a sporting hero of mine who played soccer for England and is a type 1.  And I've been getting support from people I know on an e-mail list from around the world, some of who are in the same boat.  Being able to test blood sugar at home is a boon.  You have a better sense of self-management. I am very interested to hear how diabetes is dealt with elsewhere in the world, hence signing on to this board.  What interests me most is the research being carried out, especially using stem-cells and the innovations being introduced to assist us.  OK, I think I've waffled on for long enough now. Oh, at the moment, I refer to my version of this miserable affliction as 'T2D', probably inspired by the abbreviation for a certain sci-fi movie starring a certain governor of a certain Pacific state. 

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   Posted 10/26/2005 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi N17,

I'm actually a type 1 diabetic, and from the UK, but I think this site is mostly US.

You're right about the worries - I'm only just coming to terms with the scare stories, as when I was first diagnosed some 15 or so years ago (at the tender age of 12) the doctors and nurses thought it appropriate to tell me that it's likely for me to have heart disease, blindness etc (they even showed me a picture of a man who recieved a medal for living for a few years with the disease without dying!).  They even brought on a hypo for me to show me what it felt like!  Thankfully, that practise has now stopped and we are living in an age where we are actually very capable of living a good life!  I wouldn't call this disease fun, but there are so many illnesses that are much worse I sometimes go so far as to consider myself lucky (though somedays I don't - ha ha tongue ).  There will be a cure in the future - we just have to make sure we keep looking after ourselves until one is found.

I'm finding that diabetes is now dealt with quite well in this country.  We are given blood test machines free by our specialist nurses at the hospitals, we get all our prescriptions free, I have a great team who I can contact whenever I feel the need.  Hope this goes towards helping you to see another view!  Although I'm sure it's not that different in Australia!

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   Posted 10/26/2005 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
N17 and Claire-Bear,
Welcome to HealingWell. Thank you for your views about handling this disease. I've had type2 for probably 30 years (as I look back over my symptoms) or so but was only diagnosed about 10 years ago. I've had some eye changes and small amounts of kidney damage but I'm trying my darnedest every day to keep on track.

Read this post for newbies and there is some info in there about the stages of grief we go thru to learn to deal with new health problems. Might help you.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn

"Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change."

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   Posted 10/26/2005 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your welcome Jeannie143! Those are wise words. I think a board such as this is far more than just a 'diabetes' forum, and looking back on previous posts, there are a lot of great people with courage and humour.
Claire-Bear, that's an interesting view of diabetes in the UK.  Here in Oz, things are someway between the UK and US.  I got my machine 'free' because it was covered in my private health care.  The government here strongly motivates people to have such care, although there is a quasi NHS system called Medicare which helps with your doctors bills.  I pay a nominal fee for strips and lancets, but it does cost.  There is a diabetes helpline available (office hours) and a 24 hour general health line. 
I am from the UK, but have lived in Australia for 24 years.
Diagnosed at 12?  Wow, that is terrible.  At least at 40, I've had the opportunity to guzzle down vats of soft drinks (and a few hard) and eat a mound of greasy muck food too.  I hope that hasn't upset you (!), but I can tell you this; since almost completely removing such stuff from my diet, I feel a lot, lot better and I'm losing weight.  I don't miss it much, but it's early days.... 
I think you're right.  There is a cure around the corner, particularly for type 1s.  The stem-cell research and chimera effect it leads to looks most promising.  They say that type 2 will take a lot longer to sort out.  I joked that I should take up smoking and hard drinking to get myself to type 1 because the cure seems a lot closer! No, I hope to stay type 2 and (very hopefully) avoid having to take any drugs until a magic bullet is produced.  Like I said before, it is very early days (I was diagnosed in September) and each visit to the quack brings a  feeling of great trepidation.  What will the latest round of tests reveal?  Well, at this point in time, I am in a far 'easier' position than most on this board.  So as you say, I consider myself lucky but prone to the odd bout of self-pity.  We wouldn't be human otherwise. :-)
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