Doing My Part for Diabetes

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AMM
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   Posted 4/12/2007 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to let you know I have decided to dedicate my life to people with diabetes.  I am joining forces with a local woman who is a diabetes advocate.  Our goal is to help those with diabetes get the care they need.  I am not entirely sure what my duties will entail just yet, but I intend to meet them head on.  I will very soon be learning the ins and outs of this.  I have only had my first face to face meeting with the woman yesterday.  We have spoken several times on the phone.  We clicked straight off so we should work well together.  Everything we are doing is strictly voluntary.  I can't wait to get started.  Also yesterday I took part in a photo shoot for stock photography for the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Centers.  So, if you ever see brochures, newsletters etc. from them you might be seeing me! LOL
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/13/2007 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
That is awesome!
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AMM
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   Posted 4/13/2007 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I got my first speaking engagement already. It is a little short notice, but I am ready. I will be speaking on Monday to a group of elementary school children about diabetes. There are a few little coincidences about this engagement that make me feel this is really what is meant for me. Monday is my birthday. So my first speaking engagement actually falls on my birthday. The other thing that surprised me is where I am speaking. I will be speaking at the elementary school where I attended when I was diagnosed with diabetes 27 years ago. I spoke to the student body there when I got out of the hospital, explaining what happened to me and what happens when you have diabetes. Now, I am going back to do it again. Isn't that odd?
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?


Phishbowl
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   Posted 4/13/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Right on, AMM!!! You rock :-)

While I don't belong to any "organized" Diabetic advocacy group(s), I do believe it is my responsibility to educate others whenever I can. I don't hide my Diabetes in any way and find myself often explaining what it's all about, especially to (mostly) the non-diabetics with the 1960's pre-conceived notion that it's all about sugar consumption.

To the needle-cringers, I'm glad to show them just how small the needle tip is and how thin, and usually show them just how simple the procedure is. They are often surprized at themselves for having such imaginations/preconceptions about what giving yourself a needle 5-7 times a day is like.

I put a positive light on my explanations; how cool the new monitors and pump technologies are getting, how much better insulin is, how these new tiny & thin needles and lancets make the procedures so less painful, how much I know about food now and how it directly affects everyone's well-being (Ds and non-Ds alike), how heightened the awareness of D is getting to be, and so much more.

Share the knowledge, I say. Good luck to you in your new endevours, AMM. Your passion alone will see many benefitting from what you have to share, I'm certain of it :-)

Cheers,
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


Robin O
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   Posted 4/28/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there!

That is truly wonderful!

I have a friend with diabetes diagnosed 20 years ago on insulin since then. She is now 44.  She is a single mother and about 5 years ago, her health turned really ugly and I mean ugly.  It has been a nightmare but thank God, she was finally approved for disability.  After all the pain and suffering she went through in her feet, hands, shoulders and the list goes on and on, she is now showing kidney problems.  Life is so not fair to some people but, and I know some people may not agree, we have a responsibility to human beings suffering.  Many times the physicians will not be compasionate to anyone suffering. Just another number. 

The problem that happened when she would tell people she is not doing well, they would say "you look good".  She could barely stand up at times.  

She just wanted to raise her children and now she can barely take care of herself.   I had to raise money for her or she would have ended up in a shelter. There are so many single parents without any family support battling diabetes or other diseases and illnesses.  They are the forgotten.  I live with Lyme Disease and I too do nothing but want to help people who cannot get the proper treatment and speak for these people when they cannot speak for themselves. 

I do not have diabetes but there is alot of suffering with it. I saw it with my own two eyes. I wish you the best.  You have a great outlook!  I love your spirit! Keep it up.  

Robin O.


4sons
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   Posted 4/29/2007 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
This IS fabulous!!!

I applaud everyone's efforts on behalf of diabetes and diabetics everywhere. If we don't show people how to start, who will. Type 2's have to fight a NASTY stereotype ( "you did this to yourselves") and let people know that some of us are genetically preprogrammed for this ...

Those who are, need to start fighting for themselves IMMEDIATELY with both diet and exercise. I also think we need to teach kids what to do with stress in their lives. I sure wish I had learned methods other than internalization. Oy.

Stress kills.

Or at the very least maims.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


AMM
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   Posted 4/30/2007 3:57 AM (GMT -7)   
All diabetics live with that stereotype. I'm a type 1 diabetic and often get told I am too thin to be a diabetic. I tell people that diabetes comes in all shapes, sizes and ages. There is definately a genetic factor in my family and some of my family has type 2 and definately shouldn't be any thinner. My dad has type 2 diabetes and has always been a very thin person. My mom has type 1. My brother has type 2 and a thyroid disorder. His weight is very difficult for him to maintain, even though he is very active and eats a very healthy diet. My grandmother has type 2. She is of average body size. My cousin is also a type 1. It is maddening all the stereotypes there are about diabetes. I like very much telling people the truth instead of letting them believe that diabetes is something that is a person's own fault. Since I got it as a child some people have said it was because my parents let me eat too much candy. Of course, my favorite was that it was God's punishment on my family because my parents were evil. (the person that said that was really off his rocker!) I told someone yesterday that I have diabetes and the first thing out of thier mouth was, "But you're so thin!" Grrrrrrrrrrrr!
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?


gelchick
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   Posted 4/30/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not surpirsed by that comment. Turn on your TV- read the paper, listen to the radio- all you hear over and over again is that people are obese and obesity causes diabetes. The mantra is repeated so much that the average person really has no clue about the causes and types of diabetes. I see it as another form of size discrimination.
 
The prevailing thought is that people are fat because they eat too much and are lazy (no genetics, disease etc allowed here) and deserve every bad thing that happens to them- diabetes, job discrimination, large flowered mumus. If they would only stop eating- they would be slim, loved, well-paid and get to wear nice clothes.
 
Who really looks at the miserable, unhealthy thin people of the world? What causes this? oh yeah- their mothers! (sarcasm intended).
sorry- for the rant! prejudice comes in a number of flavors. eyes sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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