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  1. Medea Saunders
    Medea Saunders October 7, 2013 at 7:12 am | | Reply

    I am a D-mom and would like to participate in future discussion around the intersection of D and Mental Health.

  2. Tim Steinert
    Tim Steinert October 7, 2013 at 11:07 am | | Reply

    The psychological impact of misdiagnosis for those who develop diabetes later in life is an important area, too. It was devastating to find out 18 months in that, no, you are not Type 2, but Type 1.

    And I seem to run into MORE Type 1 diabetics diagnosed later in life. At a meeting for Type 1 athletes (and mere mortals who like to bask in their glory), an opening question was, “how old were you when you were diagnosed?”

    The most common answer from our group was “in my 20s” with older and younger outliers. (One woman said she was diagnosed at 68). While older people are more responsible (I hope) we are also less elastic in our behavior (more set in our ways). It explains why, like my Dad, I yell at the screen when I don’t like what I see.

    1. Mary Dexter
      Mary Dexter October 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm | | Reply

      One difficulty with being first misdiagnosed, then correctly diagnosed as Type 1 or LADA, is the sense of betrayal. Not only has our pancreas betrayed us, but also the healthcare professionals we are forced to rely on and trust. Fool me once…. Pair that with the inherent shame/blame that goes with the initial Type 2 misdiagnosis. Then to be told, oh, we didn’t mean you, unless you gain weight. Is it any wonder some of us are a bit mad?

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