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  1. Stephanie
    Stephanie May 13, 2011 at 7:33 am | | Reply

    your post is perfectly timed! i’ve had diabetes for 24 years and have never hid the fact that i have it from my employers. I start a new internship next week and met with my supervisor yesterday to have some paperwork signed. It’ll be working in an archive and asked what the eating/drinking policy was (due to being around valuable books/papers/materials). I then mentioned “i’m asking because i have diabetes” and she said “ME TOO! do you have type one?! are you on a pump?! i am!” my pump was sticking out of my pocket so i pointed to it and said “yep! type one! on a pump!” we then chatted for a least 20 mins maybe more about D. It turns out we go to the same endo office. now i’m even MORE excited to start next week. I told a friend of mine last night, this is awesome. now we will bond over having D and maybe it’ll help me out when looking for a new job in the future. :)

  2. Tricia
    Tricia May 13, 2011 at 7:37 am | | Reply

    I got one of my first jobs because of my diabetes. The 2 ladies (and moms) that were interviewing me asked why I wanted to work in healthcare. So, naturally – out pours the story of my diagnosis and wanting to help other kids and people to not feel like a disease or condition, but to feel like they’re still PEOPLE. Tears streaming down the 2 ladies’ faces… you’ve got the job. That’s GREAT. We think you’ll be a great fit here.
    Yep, so not only did diabetes get me one of my first jobs, I also made 2 people cry in a job interview and STILL got said job!

  3. Pearlsa
    Pearlsa May 13, 2011 at 8:30 am | | Reply

    That is a great post it give someone like me (mums the word type) something to think about.

  4. Sysy
    Sysy May 13, 2011 at 8:37 am | | Reply

    Couldn’t agree more, Allison! Glad you’re enjoying your job and making a living all while working on our behalf. It’s a win-win in my eyes.

  5. riva
    riva May 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm | | Reply

    My first career – 25 years in advertising copywriting and marketing – no one ever questioned my health, so diabetes was always there and not an issue. My second career, writing, speaking, diabetes advocacy, is of course all because I have it and it’s a job I love. I am very partial to saying, “you can have a great life, not despite diabetes but because of it.” I mean every word.

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