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  1. Jamie
    Jamie August 20, 2012 at 9:50 am | | Reply

    There’s some good info here to keep in mind.

    I would like to add that some of us might experience huge hormonal fluctuations, which can be misinterpreted as low BGs, giving even more credence to the advice to test first.

    What might seems like a low BG can actually be something like a hot flash, and if treated before testing, could contribute to a glucocoaster ride one didn’t need or want.

    On the other hand, I am also hypo unaware for the most part right now, and if I assume I am just hot, I could be entering a very dangerous low bg. I now know that it is important to test as soon as I feel “off” or hot, because if it is a low, I won’t have much time to deal with it.

  2. SaraMyers
    SaraMyers August 20, 2012 at 10:28 am | | Reply

    I was diagnosed at age 10 with type 1 D 47 years ago. So I’ve been through many changes and am sure, given the tools we had back them (or lack thereof) much much luck has been involved. It doesn’t mean I haven’t been very aggressive in taking care of myself, as I certainly have been. Doctors have been impressed with my healthy self! Menopause was confusing to my system & control, just like those teen hormones were. All has been good – stayed so healthy I lived long enough to get a diagnosis of ALS (a rare & deadly neurological disease, often called Lor Gerig’s disease). Life expectancy when I was diagnosed with diabetes was around 20 years (not what a ten year old would hear today, thank goodness). The neurologists I saw so wanted my issues to be diabetic related – at least then there would be hope! But the ALS is confirmed. It is my understanding there is no relationship & I wonder if I’m the only one since we D old timers are rare and so is ALS. I didn’t succumb to diabetes complications – now this! Growing old with D has issues – one being you might get something even worse! Enjoy life today, do your best! Tick tock!

  3. Annette Richardson
    Annette Richardson August 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | | Reply

    When diagnosed in 1958 and rushed into a hospital with what they thought was one day to live, I or my parents had no idea what ‘sugar diabetes’ was.
    After 54 years experience behind me I have learned a is not a death sentence.. but a medical issue one has to first accept and then deal with. What a lesson it has been.. at times a rough ride but what I have accomplished since 1958 is a miracle.. a 50 medalist since 2008 and in the study of we miracle kids, to find what I call ‘the kink’ that has allowed us to live way over half a century, not the 15 to 20 year prediction, and a few of us still with no complications at all. It could lead to a cure one day…not for we medalists but…for the children :-) ) That is my dream!!!!!!

  4. Maureen
    Maureen August 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm | | Reply

    It’s nice to read and hear about others who have managed diabetes for many years. I was 2 years old in 1950. My mother knew there was a problem with me, but juvenile diabetes was not considered during earlier appointments. I remember calling my mother childish names when the dull needles hurt. When I was 9, there was an article in the local newspaper of the diabetes cure. My mother and I cried with relief. I I became a cynic at that point. I was 12 before I met another child with diabetes. I have been very fortunate. I was told I would never be able to have children. Luckily, care improved. I have two daughters who recently gave me granddaughters. Babysitting is such a joy. My grandfather had diabetes. My wish is that my family continues without new PWD.

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