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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