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  1. Jodi Makovsky
    Jodi Makovsky November 26, 2007 at 7:17 am | | Reply

    Yep. It’s easy to feel displaced as a Type 1 adult. I was also diagnosed with Type 1 at 37. Mother of two kids, and a full-time job, its been a challenge. Once a doctor told me that because I was skinny, I did not need to worry about complications. What was he smoking?

    When everyone was eating pumpkin pie this past Thanksgiving, my own mother offered me a slice with whipped cream, “Just this once”, she said. Well intentioned but misguided, its this kind of temptation that gets me into trouble!

  2. Allison Blass
    Allison Blass November 26, 2007 at 7:41 am | | Reply

    I haven’t given up hope on the conference yet! I just sent an email to TCOYD and hopefully I will hear back from them soon.

  3. Albert
    Albert November 26, 2007 at 7:57 am | | Reply

    I hope that the right person finds their way to this post and gets the inspiration to start something.

    I’m certain there will be plenty of support behind it. ;)

  4. carol
    carol November 26, 2007 at 8:10 am | | Reply

    I know what you mean, Amy. With the online community, I don’t feel quite as alone, but for the first few years after diagnosis I felt like some kind of oddball. Didn’t help that my doctor told me he had never seen a case like mine (onset at age 27, normal weight, active, etc.). My family tries to help and is supportive, but they get confused sometimes about what I need (insulin or carbs), and don’t truly understand what a guessing game a day like Thanksgiving can be. My mom kindly made a chocolate pie out of sugar free pudding and other assorted ingredients, but I had to ask her what all was in it and try to do the mental math and guesstimate a bolus. And then there was the dressing, which she “makes a little different” each year. Maybe this conference or camp should be held on Thanksgiving!

  5. Dave
    Dave November 26, 2007 at 8:19 am | | Reply

    I 32 when I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. An easy to read 250 page book for what to expect and what info I need to know would have been nice. Now I am well versed but I have to thank you, my great endo, and the rest of the internet for my knowledge.

    Dave

  6. Clinton Cooper
    Clinton Cooper November 26, 2007 at 8:21 am | | Reply

    Thanks again, Amy! I know how you feel. Thanksgiving was a disaster for me, glucose wise. I really did limit myself too, and tested every hour or so too. Being recently married, we had to do two Thanksgiving dinners. I really did limit myself: one small serving of potatos, one roll, one serving of stuffing, and one piece of pie. I thought I shot correctly for it. Nevertheless, 300′s ruled the day. And it seems it takes an enormous amount of insulin to finally come back down, leaving me feeling drained and cranky. My dear wife worries about me, and asks me frequently what my numbers are, because she likes to know how I am. I really do try hard to keep on top, and no matter how diligent I am with shots, diet, and testing, sometimes things just get out of whack, and I have what seems to be a week long high of 200-300′s. She’ll ask why I am high, and I have no answer many times, because I thought I did everything right. It is so frustrating and draining some times. My last A1C was just above 7%, which is higher than last time, but not too bad.

    It has been a year now since my Type 1 diagnosis, I’m now 28 years old. I feel like you that there is no advocate for Adults with Type 1. There seems to be no one who will speak for us.

    I must say, I learn more from this blog and others (Kerrie’s SixUntilMe, Scott’s blog, etc.) than any doctor, magazine, or book.

    Thank you Amy, and all the other bloggers! You are a lifeline for us PWD’s!

  7. paul from France
    paul from France November 26, 2007 at 8:21 am | | Reply

    Dear Amy,

    You had a good youth.
    Your diabetes came at an age when you are able to manage it yourself.

    It came at a time new techniques make it so much more easy.

    You can work, play, eat, love as much as you like.

    If nobody asks about your diabetes, it is because nobody needs to. That’s good news, not bad.

    I was diagnosed at the age of 45.
    I have the same luck as you.
    I’m so happy I didn’t get it earlier, as a child or as a teenager like most type 1′s.

    I wish you the same.

  8. Chris
    Chris November 26, 2007 at 8:42 am | | Reply

    I could not agree with you more. Not a single person at my Thanksgiving dinner bothered to ask about my diabetes as they all devoured the double chocolate cake and pumpkin spice pie, and apple pie, while I ate the fruit salad.

    I think the idea of a Type 1 camp would be great. Tell me where to sign when you find one.

  9. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson November 26, 2007 at 8:43 am | | Reply

    Count me in on whatever we can get arranged!

  10. Grace
    Grace November 26, 2007 at 8:44 am | | Reply

    I hid out at the Salvation Army as a volunteer this Thanksgiving. I made a brief appearance at the meal at home and before anyone could offer me leftovers I left to go ice skating. It was a lonely day but the only way I have found to stay in control – stay active. I was diagnosed at 27 and am now 32. I still don’t have one friend here in town who is also diabetic. It’s a lot of lonely guesswork.

  11. sara myers
    sara myers November 26, 2007 at 8:45 am | | Reply

    Dear Amy,

    I’m giving BIG thanks these days to wonderful people like you who are blogging about dealing with T1 as an adult. The frustrations and tribulations are somehow easier to take when I know I’m not alone. As I’ve shared with you before, and even though I financially supported your bike ride, I do not believe the ADA looks our for our concerns at all and I will not give money to them again. For such a long time I thought I was overreacting to doctors, family & friends who just didn’t seem to get it, but reading about other’s experiences, thoughts and suggestions I don’t feel so adrift. We can seem so normal and look so healthy that our closest people think their whipped creme offer is a kindness, leaving one to feel even more alone, because it’s just another little double-edged torture. Do you let it slide or try to educate? A fine line. What’s the best way to deal with a sadistic doctor who treats you like a random number without looking at you as an individual human? These are issues for us adults. It is so great when someone we know communicates their understanding of what a constant struggle we can face but it really seems the only people who understand TI are those who live it. Ater 43 years of experiencing being both a child & adult with T1, I understand fully that we alone are responsible in the day to day control of this challenge, but the generosity of bloggers such as yourself, and the community the internet offers is as life changing and reaffirming to me as the first blood testing kit I got over 20-plus years ago. THANK YOU for being a leader in the revolution of talking about and dealing honestly with this disease! We (I) hear you! Sara

  12. Scott
    Scott November 26, 2007 at 8:49 am | | Reply

    I am also very frustrated with being a T1. I was diagnosed in 1970 at the age of 7. While there have been incredible changes in the treatments, they still remain treatments. And there have been no major changes in treatments for quite a while.

    You always seem to hear announcements about this “potential” treatment or that one, but then nothing ever seems to come of them.

    The ADA has become more of a political group, IMO, than an advocacy one. With that many T2′s in the country, it is no wonder that their focus has been on that type.

    I am feeling very cynical today, so in my humble, yet ever so correct opinion, we Type 1′s are just not a big enough market to really garner the attention we need for advancements. And, what will a cure do? It will remove sales of a lifetime of treatments from pharma companies.

    You can see that with the reaction to adding c-peptides to insulin.

    As with anything, when it doesn’t look right, follow the money.

  13. Erin
    Erin November 26, 2007 at 8:54 am | | Reply

    Not having any support as a type 1 adult is one of my biggest frustrations. If there were an organization or conference or book for us, I would sign up for it in a minute.

  14. Mark Reitkopp
    Mark Reitkopp November 26, 2007 at 8:58 am | | Reply

    Amy, today you really hit home! When I was diagnosed as a Type 1 in 1981 at the age of 31, I thought I was a freak. As time went on I discovered there were more and more people in my situation, and today with the internet, we are everywhere. Keep up the good work.

  15. Anne
    Anne November 26, 2007 at 9:03 am | | Reply

    Doing the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes this past September was amazing. Almost all of the people riding either had type 1 or were riding for someone with type 1. The community was amazing and for a few days, the mental burden of diabetes was lifted. To me at that event, I never got the feeling that this was just an organization just to support kids, even though it was originally started by mom’s of kids with type 1. I would highly recommend that anyone looking for support to participate in one of the JDRF rides.

  16. landileigh
    landileigh November 26, 2007 at 9:31 am | | Reply

    i was diagnosed Type 1 at the age of 44 on July 11, 2007. until i found the D-OC i was lost. books about Type 1 were about children. i’m almost at menopause!

    thank you for the heads up on the book.

    it is people like you, that is making this so much easier for people like me!

  17. Anne
    Anne November 26, 2007 at 9:35 am | | Reply

    one more comment… Although I am more interested in supporting the JDRF these days, I have to give the ADA credit for getting me started on my diabetes control back when I was diagnosed in the late 80′s. I used the food exchange notebook for years and it helped me to have excellent control as a teenager. I also think their advocacy has helped to make more low-sugar foods available. (Of course they have done many other positive things for diabetics.) I imagine there are many people (if not most) who work for the ADA who have a sincere desire to help people with diabetes. These days, those are mostly type 2, which is why I don’t identify as much with the ADA.

    Still, Amy, I understand how you might feel, not having had diabetes since your childhood/teenage years and not feeling really connected to these groups. I didn’t really do anything with the JDRF until the past couple of years, though. It is a fabulous community.

  18. Colleen
    Colleen November 26, 2007 at 9:57 am | | Reply

    I was dx’d LADA at age 55… Thanks to the WSJ I found you and your blog fairly quickly – and so, haven’t felt quite so alone.

  19. Jonathan
    Jonathan November 26, 2007 at 10:09 am | | Reply

    Amy: This post has produced a great idea — a T1 camp or conference. It is desperately needed. I was diagnosed T1 when I was 19 — 25 years ago. Since then, I have met two other T1s, both of whom were only peripherally in my life. Whenever I talk about being diabetic, the first reaction is “But you aren’t fat, can’t that be cured now?” ADA and JDRF are not really patient-oriented anymore. Adult T1s need an outlet, a way to raise awareness of living a long time with T1, regardless of when we were diagnosed. Thank you for being one of those outlets.

  20. Mandy
    Mandy November 26, 2007 at 10:38 am | | Reply

    I SO understand where you are coming from! I was dx’d on July 7th of this year at age 29, and I’m still in shock.

    My first holiday party was a disaster. If it wasn’t for all the wonderful people in the DOC, I don’t think Thanksgiving would have been much better. It’s hard when you have nobody who understands, or even wants to for that matter. Where do you learn from? The 15 minutes the doc gives you at appointments? HARDLY.

    If there is ever a conference or retreat, I’m in.

  21. CALpumper
    CALpumper November 26, 2007 at 11:11 am | | Reply

    Displaced is unfortunately a very good word to describe living with Type 1 as an adult. I have been begging, pleading, asking, advocating for Type 1 Support Groups for Adults where I live. They are simply nonexistent.
    There is a HUGE gap between 18 and 50 let’s say….
    Seems around 50 or so it is about Type 2 of which there are many support groups.
    So this displacement gap…. on my agenda…. my dream…. my goal… to last my lifetime.
    I hope to create something, no details yet, I am a long way off, where Type 1 Adults can get together and simply…. be.

  22. Stu Davidson
    Stu Davidson November 26, 2007 at 11:25 am | | Reply

    Hi Amy,

    I hope you had relatively stress-fee Thanksgiving. This post was very interesting and I have had similar thoughts about the same subject for years. The only thing I have ever come close to in terms of having a sense of belonging and an intimate understanding of others and they of me has been at the Joslin Clinic in Boston. I have attended their “Do-It” program a couple of times and, although I learned a good deal, it was more exciting to be with a group of other type 1s for a few days.

    I would like to attend the AADE annual conference, but not being a certified Diabetic Educator, I cannot attend. For 2008 it’s in the first week of August in DC. There are more than 350 exhibitors, classes, seminars, etc. The downside is it focuses on the clinical aspect of diabetes. It chaps my ass when clinicians (especially those who do not have diabetes) tell me what I should be doing, based on formulas, ratios, math, etc. We do not live in a vacuum. We have varied schedules, families, emotional highs and lows, travel issues, etc. My diabetes is a full-time gig, where I don’t earn vacation days. Then I have another full-time job that pays my mortgage and my bills.

    Indeed, it would be nice to have a social support network……just like AA does for folks in recovery. They meet and discuss life issues and how to cope on a daily basis with a disease they will never be cured of. Same as diabetes.

    - Stu Davidson

  23. Lili
    Lili November 26, 2007 at 11:50 am | | Reply

    Too true, Amy. I tried to join some Type 1 groups online, but we couldn’t really relate to each other because they’d had diabetes for 20 or 30 years and weren’t that interested in what I was going through. I felt like an interloper. The only support groups around here I could find are for Type 2s. Before I discovered the OC and the forums, I felt like I was alone. I would love a conference. As far as camping goes, have you looked at Wilderness Inquiry? A group like that might be willing to help with a camping trip for diabetics. (I guess I’m not allowed to post links.)

  24. riva
    riva November 26, 2007 at 11:55 am | | Reply

    After having T1 for 32 years and not knowing another T1 in all that time, I met my first fellow T1 in a local support group after making the effort to find a support group. You’d be amazed how they’re practically non-existent in NYC after funding was pulled in the ’90′s. Should let people know in this area though, Gerald Friedman Institute just opened, a diabetes facility in Manhattan.

    If you can find a support group with some T1s it makes a difference. Changing my career to diabetes writer and lecturer, I’ve interviewed over 100 people w/diabetes. That’s been another source of bonding. While I don’t expect you guys to go out and do that, you may find my blog of interest, http://www.diabetesstories.com/stories_blog/. I’m interested in how we live with diabetes more than the medical treatment.

    I was at the Children with Diabetes conference this past summer and while it is for kids, being diagnosed at 18, I felt some kinship – most actually with the speakers. I actually think you don’t have to be a CDE to go to AADE’s conference. JDRF and ADA don’t cut it for T1 social support.

    I’m ready to sign up for the T1 camp, and I’ll know when and where it is following your blog, Amy, which is the other nutrient for my T1 heart.

  25. Steven Edelman
    Steven Edelman November 26, 2007 at 12:22 pm | | Reply

    Hello everyone,
    One of the main reasons I started TCOYD is that I had the same emotions and issues as many of you out there living with type 1. There is a paucity of accurate and up to date information out in the world for all of us living with type 1 on a minute to minute, day to day, year to year and decade to decade basis. TCOYD is dedicated to making people with diabetes feel informed, motivated and most importantly normal both physically and mentally. At many of our conferences we have type 1 tracks but will work harder to address the concerns of people with type 1..hang in there..Steve Edelman

  26. Melitta
    Melitta November 26, 2007 at 12:47 pm | | Reply

    I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 35. Because there was nothing available for adults with T1, I was sent to classes for Type 2 diabetes, a completely different disease that I don’t have. Those classes were useless. In fact, the majority of new-onset cases of Type 1 are seen in adults, and this is not new. I have a book published in the 1950s that discusses the prevalence of T1 in adults as being FAR more common than in children (of course they didn’t use the term T1, but described insulin requiring thin adults that didn’t respond to pills).

    So much information about T1 diabetes needs to be updated. The percentage of T1s is much higher than the oft-quoted 5 to 10% (it’s more like 20 to 25%) if you include all the adult T1s and LADAs (which is slow-onset autoimmune T1). Sadly, adults over 35 (or 45 in some cases) are excluded from most of the T1 clinical trials, another practice that needs to change.

    I’d love a camp or group for T1 adults. Regarding the pies, I baked them all this year and just didn’t tell people I used Splenda. Nummy! Thanks, Amy, for all you do.

  27. Chris
    Chris November 26, 2007 at 12:50 pm | | Reply

    I agree with the comments above, and want to add that if you think it is hard to find support as a T1, try finding information/support/advice about being pregnant and diabetic. Everything is directed at gestational diab. If I had not found the web community I would not have found pump therapy and may never have conceived and delivered a healthy baby.

  28. Courtney B
    Courtney B November 26, 2007 at 1:06 pm | | Reply

    Good Morning Amy,

    I read your blog this morning, and it hit a spot. While I wasn’t diagnosed at such a mature age in my life, I have grown into diabetes and am feeling the pain of there not being enough around for the adult diabetics (and somehow I missed there being anything for me as a child). I can say I understand, perhaps? (I know how we all feel about people saying they understand.)

    So, here we go, what I was thinking. You know I ride in various tour de cures, or at least you know of it, I didn’t really ever tell you exactly what it is I’m up to. But after your bit of writing, I’m inspired. So, about me and the tour de cure: It started back in march after a war with my diabetes and me not being able to participate in sports for the last 15 years. My heart was broken because I wanted to be athletic. I had always liked biking and when I was told about the TdC I was all for it. I started riding so that I could go to Long Beach CA after graduation and do something for myself and my diabetes. CA is a long way from home for me to be riding but I couldn’t ride in the NM ride because it was the same day as my college graduation and I was going to CA on vacation, so I killed 2 birds with one stone as they say. After my CA ride I was so excited to have done it that I decided I was going to do a ride in every state. I thought it would be cool. It was really cool to ride in CO because the diabetics were highlighted, we were all wearing special jerseys, we had something in common, I was far from displaced. TX sucked because I didn’t know anybody, I couldn’t point out the diabetics to save my life. So here I am, a cyclist (a novice if you will) riding in an attempt to do something for this G-D disease feeling displaced among other people riding for the same reason. It sucked.

    Enter your post this morning. Beyond the general displacement that you were feeling on turkey day it goes beyond that often times (as you well know I’m sure). Then some great writer comes along and writes about it and I get an inspiration. I want to feel not so displaced as a diabetic. I’d like to meet the people whose blogs I read. You being one of them. I want to expand my personal group of diabetics that I know. If it’s possible, I’d like to meet you in May, there’s a ride in Napa Valley. I know it’s 6 months out from now, but the ride is May 4th, a Sunday. Would it be possible for us to get together?

    Courtney
    ridetoremedy.com

  29. ljckidsrn
    ljckidsrn November 26, 2007 at 2:13 pm | | Reply

    I agree also. Being dx at just shy of 36 years old, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Just living my life and all the sudden, wham!! The only other person I knew with D was Susan back in grade school 25 years ago!I did meet an educator that also was a T1D dx as an adult, but she did not take me under her wing as I hoped.
    To make matters worse I wanna have a baby. Talk about NO information.
    I have also volunteered at the local JDRF and it’s always me and all the families with children w/ D. The Outreach Coordinator at the local JDRF and I have talked about getting something together for adults, but we’ll see if it comes to be.
    I also joined a pump group which I was thrilled about at first but now not so much. I was called a newbie and my opinion was discounted by many of the long time diabetics.
    By the way, there is a camp for adult Type 1s, though it’s geared toward the athelete. It’s called Stroke, Spin, Stride. It looks really cool.

    anyway, keep the faith everyone. Amy you are awesome.

  30. Kerri.
    Kerri. November 26, 2007 at 4:05 pm | | Reply

    Like some of the other commenters, I wasn’t diagnosed with type 1 when I was older, but I did grow up with the disease and now that I’m an adult with type 1, I’m thrust into that demographic that is often overlooked. This post struck a chord with me as well.

    I do feel that online communities, like TuDiabetes and dLife, offer up that support for me, though. I’ve learned about so many other adults with type 1 that I don’t feel so isolated.

    Hang in there, Amy. I know how you feel.

  31. Debbie
    Debbie November 26, 2007 at 7:12 pm | | Reply

    Your blog was the first one I read after my dx on August 6 07.I’m 57 and this was quite the shock…
    I’m a faithfull reader of yours but there is so little out there for me that It really does feel lonely.
    I don’t know anyone with type1 and living in a small town it is unlikely I’ll meet one.
    I try to remain postive and I do what is needed of me for great control.
    Sure would be nice to have a camp or the like…
    I will be onboard for something like that.
    I hope you keep up your work on this site,and I too hope to do the omni pod real soon.
    Thanks for being there.
    And just as an FYI…
    I don’t even think of a cure…there is way too much money in keeping us just on life support. IMHO

  32. Karen
    Karen November 26, 2007 at 7:35 pm | | Reply

    I have been type 1 for 41 years and have been alone with it for most of that time until I talked to people on line and have even met up with them in Chicago and FL. I have one pumper friend in OH who I met and he meets yearly with other diabetic adults where they do their own diabetic camp for a week.

    I understand how you feel about not having others to converse with. At my last endo appointment I was told that my endo was only going to see pediatric patients with a waiting room full of ped patients and their parents listening on while I pitched a fit to the receptionist that no one informed me of this and I was not going to again see this foreign endo that was clueless. She said you are going to deny peds patients of seeing “Dr. Black”, omg how she made me feel like $#i+, I was once a peds patient. I am a Juvenile Type 1, who now was 49. Well bottom line and her caving in and giving me the MD I wanted to see, I so understand how alone we are being an Adult Type 1.

    Oooo at Thanksgiving no one asked how I was doing, and I really don’t want them to, because they don’t understand anyway and one guest saw me testing my bgs and said how awful, and I said yes it is and then she stated well you are probably use to it and I told her you never get use to it, ahhh!!!!

    Oooo by the way, so far there are five of us meeting up in April for the Chicago Diabetic Expo, 2 from CA, 1 from RI, and another from OH, if any of you want to join. May even skip the expo. :)

  33. Read/WriteWeb
    Read/WriteWeb November 26, 2007 at 7:39 pm | | Reply

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  34. Doogie
    Doogie November 26, 2007 at 7:51 pm | | Reply

    Your points resonate with me. I was diagnosed as T1 at the age of 38. The strange thing is that I do not have LADA — no antibodies found. I may fall into that odd category of ideopathic diabetes.

    There are so few resources targeted toward T1s, let alone adult with T1. It is a challenging and lonely haul.

    Your blog is great. Keep on going with it.

  35. whimsy2
    whimsy2 November 26, 2007 at 8:12 pm | | Reply

    Well, I’d certainly support a book, a gathering, a camp, ANYTHING — aimed at LADAs like me. I was diagnosed 10 years ago at age 60. This came out of left field, totally. BIG SHOCK! After I went online and learned about the GAD antibody test and suggested my doctor order it for me, I had to really lean on him to do it. But the results were definitive and I started on insulin immediately after that.
    So it’s 10 years with insulin and doing just fine, no complications in sight. And I’m trying VERY HARD to keep it that way.
    I hope he learned something

  36. mollyjade
    mollyjade November 26, 2007 at 9:29 pm | | Reply

    Amy, I know what you mean about Thanksgiving. Big meals with family you don’t see often are hard. On the one hand, you don’t want them to see you as sick. On the other hand, you really do need their support.

  37. Joanna
    Joanna November 27, 2007 at 5:34 am | | Reply

    Displaced is right. What about us folks who live in rual areas ? The only other T1′s that I know are on the internet. Yes my local hospital has diabetes education meetings but there is no way that I can attend because of my work schedule. Having T1 for 31 yrs its been so long that I have felt “abandoned” or just out there floating around that I cant remember how long its been. How sad.

  38. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell November 27, 2007 at 6:35 am | | Reply

    Amy

    I’d like to help in this project if I can. I have a younger sibling who was diagnosed in his late 20s. He and I are the only two Type 1-ers in our entire family.

  39. Nick
    Nick November 27, 2007 at 7:14 am | | Reply

    I too was misdiagnosed as a type 2 when I was 25, and then was on insulin within just a few months. You wouldn’t believe…well, maybe you would believe, how many people think I am “making it up.” A guy that’s a friend of a friend was just diagnosed type 2. He’s 25 years old, great physical condition, no history of type 2 in the family, etc. I just faxed him your link to LADA. I hope it convinces him that the metformin is doing more harm than good.

  40. Erin
    Erin November 27, 2007 at 11:14 am | | Reply

    One thing that gets to me about being an adult with type 1 diabetes is the statements people make when they find out I have diabetes. Often it is “you’re not fat” and “you’re young and healthy”.

  41. Dan Fahey
    Dan Fahey November 27, 2007 at 11:29 am | | Reply

    Regarding the issue of people around you not understanding diabetes, I suggest you make it your assignment to gradually educate your friends so they WILL know about it.
    My experience is my friends ARE interested in being educated, BUT you need to be able to make it interesting for them, and don’t overload them with too much at once.
    One thing I do is to “wear my diabetes on my sleeve” in that I openly test myself wherever I am, and take my insulin in the open as well. This creates natural opportunities for a dialogue.

  42. Rosalind
    Rosalind November 27, 2007 at 11:50 am | | Reply

    Hey! What about a camp or a community for an adult with “autoimmune disease chronic illness”? I know that it’s great to find kindred spirits but there’s a lot more commonality out there among anyone with an AD than you might think. The diabetes world has a lot more bloggers than any other disease — but why limit this? I’d love to see a community around being in the “Working world” living with auto immune disease….I might just create it. Would diabetes folks come?

  43. AJ
    AJ November 27, 2007 at 2:13 pm | | Reply

    I’m 26 and have only had type 1 for a little over a year, but I seem to have a very different attitude about it than you Amy.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but we have carb-to-insulin ratios for a reason. If you want to eat 200g of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, then ratio accordingly and dose the proper amount. Check an hour or 2 later to be sure and re-dose. Problem solved. Quit whining.

    Diabetes to me is a chore. Some people brush their teeth after they eat, I stick a needle in my side. It’s not some huge life altering condition (yet).

    What exactly is the problem with 1 slice of pie, if you have the freedom to give yourself the proper amount of insulin.

    What happened to that fancy wireless pod pump you wear? Isn’t that what it’s FOR?

  44. AmyT
    AmyT November 27, 2007 at 5:16 pm | | Reply

    I’m glad it’s all so easy for you, AJ. But if it is, I wonder why you sound so angry?

  45. Steve RRR
    Steve RRR November 27, 2007 at 6:14 pm | | Reply

    Diabetes Camp for grown-ups (even as a weekend retreat) is a great idea, and probably money making idea for somebody so inclined.

    And AJ, please take a deep breath and count to 10 before you write another rant like you did above. It was really uncalled for.

  46. Karen
    Karen November 27, 2007 at 8:20 pm | | Reply

    AJ,

    You are clueless.

  47. Kelley Loughrey
    Kelley Loughrey November 27, 2007 at 9:16 pm | | Reply

    Amy,
    First, my son is T1 (10 years now – he is 14) and has spend a week every August at Camp NeedlePoint @ Camp St. Croix in Hudson, WI. It would seem reasonable based on your blog that they could host a week there for Adult T1, just like they do for the kids. Like other camps, everyone there – staff, etc. has T1 along with 2 who do not. And for that week, each kid lives in that world where everyone is the same. My son counts on this as part of his health plan. I would think that it’s a no-brainer to do this for adults.

    B/c he was only 4 when diagnosed, we (his family) are an integral part of his care routine and we all benefit as a result. We don’t restrict what he eats, we balance the food with the dose ratios – yes, its a constant juggling of activity, testing and insulin but it only takes a few minutes and eliminates any deprivation. I can’t imagine him not living here with us – his physician team tells us to do as much as we can for him, 5-minute daily meetings, so he doesn’t feel the burden of self-care at his age. At some point he will and he knows this. And never once, has he ever said “why me” or felt sorry for himself. Why would he? This doesn’t mean he loves having diabetes – he doesn’t. But it is what it is.

    I also live with my own un-curable, chronic disease of addiction. For 28 years, only one day at a time. Maybe this was a gift as it made caring for my son easier to grasp – the concept of living with a disease which you can’t touch, feel or cure. And the management is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The two are often paired as being “most similar”, that require proper care and maintenance – no vacations. No breaks.

    But I would trade with my son in a heartbeat if I could. I have 12 steps and tools to manage that don’t require quarterly clinic appt’s, finger pokes and insulin to live. But what I want my son to see are the possibilities. There are possibilities for his future, to create his dream life.

    I showed him the “charmr” video and watched him light up – he wants to know where he can sign-up. You’ve given him a tremendous gift Amy. One of possibilities.

    Thank you.

    Kelley Loughrey (Alex’s mom)

  48. AJ
    AJ November 27, 2007 at 10:32 pm | | Reply

    I’m not really angry, I’m just kind of tired of the “poor me” attitude that seems to float around the diabetes “community”. Life is what you make of it. I have chosen to minimalize diabetes’ effect in my life by shaping my perception of it.

    I’m sorry if it came off as harsh, but I thought a little slap in the face might make some people realize that your attitude shapes things more than you think, and focusing on how hard it is rarely helps.

  49. AJ
    AJ November 27, 2007 at 10:44 pm | | Reply

    And by the way, no one countered my point that you’re dosing insulin anyway, and we have ratios for a reason. I mean, if I’m wrong… correct me, but in my experience so far it doesn’t matter how many carbs I eat, so long as I dose properly.

    Is there honestly a huge issue with carb-heavy foods?

  50. Ben
    Ben November 27, 2007 at 10:47 pm | | Reply

    Hi. I guess if you put it that way. It’s natural anyone would want to be in a place there are most understood, I know I am. That would be nice to have. Why don’t you organize an organization and pool members ideas on how to do the camp. Im sure if you put enough effort into it, it will materialize. Good luck.

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