Childhood Diabetics


Childhood Diabetics

For all those diagnosed as children, before the teenage years ... who grew up following rules and fending off highs and lows and only vaguely remember what feeling "normal" was like.

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Keeping T1 to Myself

Started by realisticallyspeaking. Last reply by Ron Doyle Jul 7. 1 Reply

I have been diabetic since the age of 3, so I don’t have any recollection of a time before diabetes. I started giving myself my own shots at the age of 5 and have had a pump since 12. I’m 30 years…Continue

The power of example

Started by melindalaw Feb 13, 2011. 0 Replies

Happy to have this group here. I have had T1 for 50 years, with onset at age 5. Yes, I have no memory of not having T1. When people say all the crazy things we have heard all our lives , like," funny…Continue

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Comment by Darlene on March 7, 2014 at 6:09am

I've had t1 for 41 years and do not remember "normal" before. I do recall getting my first glucometer at age 19 and being so excited not to have to test my urine anymore lol. The pump has made a big difference for me in the last 15 years; but I am still programmed to eat at certain times (lifelong habits die hard). from 9-16 I attended a diabetic camp and that was the first time (diagnosed at 5) I ever met another diabetic. i certainly learned a lot at camp, as well as made many diabetic friends. Parents with diabetic children, I fully recommend sending them to a diabetic camp in the summer :-)

Comment by Duffman on March 7, 2014 at 5:28am

I was diagnosed with T1 diabetes when i was eight, 6 years ago. i cannot remember what it was like living without it and find it hard to remember any of my childhood at all have been on shots for the whole time injecting now four times a day and carbohydrate counting

Comment by tom b on April 4, 2013 at 9:12pm
I have had T1 since I was 10, and that was 70 years ago. I didn't get to use home BG testing until I was almost 50. I started my first pump in 1995, after using shots for more than 50 years. I remember some things from before I was diagnosed, but then I didn't realize I should remember them.
Comment by shoshana27 on March 23, 2013 at 1:56pm

i've been on the pump minimed for 13 years now & love it.

Comment by shoshana27 on March 23, 2013 at 1:55pm

you can read about me on other groups & blogs. we old timers have a lot in common about t1.

Comment by shoshana27 on March 23, 2013 at 1:49pm

i've had t1 since i was not yet 3. that was 76 + years ago.
i am glad to have found this group.

Comment by starcrest on June 25, 2011 at 4:13pm
I was diagnosed at age 4 21 years ago! I can't believe how long it's been. Glad to have found this group!
Comment by ShayElise on June 22, 2011 at 4:35pm
oooh! glad to find this group! i will be "celebrating" my 15 year diagnosis anniversary in august. i was diagnosed at the age of 8 and after a somewhat rough transition from being a kid with type 1 to an adult with type 1 i am finally getting involved in the huge diabetes online community!
Comment by Rob B on June 22, 2011 at 2:55pm
Diagonsed 33 years ago at age 8. I cant believe how much better it is to be a diabetic than when I was first diagnosed. I remember crazy long needles and always being hungry! I am now on a pump and wish I would have switched to the pump way before I did.
Comment by Samantha on May 24, 2011 at 11:12pm
I know the group is for people that have grown up with Type 1 Diabetes, but I still decided to join. I have a 5 year old son who was diagnosed nearly 8 weeks ago when he was 4 (a month before he was turning 5). I just wanted to see what you guys that have lived with T1 since you were young had to say about having diabetes from such a young age. I remember being so upset and thinking in those first few days after he was diagnosed how he wouldn't really remember anything of what it was like not having diabetes, where everything was much easier and carefree. But then after a while I started to think that maybe it was o'k because he would grow up with diabetes and wouldn't know the difference and that would seem normal to him. He plays Rugby League, Swims, Touch Football and has treats, we are trying to keep everything else in his life as normal as possible, but still have so much to learn.

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