Hi I see that this most wonderful group that Bobby has created us has grown and grown. That is great. I thought it would be nice for us to get aquatinted with each other and maybe put a few details about ourselves? Ill go first.

Hi I'm Christina, I am 33 and I live in California. I am affected by diabetes in a couple of ways. 1st my husband is a type 2 diabetic (we are checking w/his dr. after learning about LADA and MODY to see if these others are actually the case instead of just type 2). In November we found out that my 14 year old daughter was Type 1. My Husband is not her father so there is no medical link there. Just a fluke. I have 2 other children with my husband, both girls, a 2 1/2 year old and a 9 month old. My Iife is peaches! A teen and terrible twos, what did I do to my mother to deserve this ;) (joking).

Anyway please post so that we can get to know you all.

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Hi. I'm Lois and I live in Milwaukee, WI. I have had T2 since some time in my early 30s. I am a 55 y.o. divorced woman with no kids.

I've had a lot of trouble with depression and denial. Ups and downs. Just keep learning things and, sometimes, it's tough to say that I was responsible for a lot of my woes. I lost the use of my lower legs and feet due to extremely high BS #s (I believe) that caused DVTs behind both knees and cut off circulation in my lower legs for longer than is good for you. Killed nerves (and muscles?) and, voila, I'm damaged!!! Through it all, though, I've tried to keep learning and trying to pass on to people just how stupid a person can be when in denial. And I am calling myself STUPID ... and compulsive.

I'm kind of lonely and would like to "hang" with others who know just what a battle having a daily disease is. Others that haven't gone through this just don't understand. They think that it is all solved by keeping our mouths shut and bypassing the buffet table! :-(

Diabetes of varying degrees runs in the family.

Lois La Rose, Milwaukee, WI
Hi Lois,
I'm a fellow Wisconsinite, and I understand where you're coming from. I think we all deal with depression, and denial, and anger, and lots of other emotions. This is a horrible disease to have to deal with every day. It's not just a disease where you can take a pill and you'll be fine. It takes a lot of hard work, and I've failed many, many times. Now, I'm just taking each day as it comes and doing the best I can for that day. It helps a lot to talk with a friend, so if you'd like, you can write me anytime. We all learn from our past, but "now" is what's important. Everyone in life is "stupid" sometime, not just us diabetics! Hang in there! Joan
Hi, I'm Scott. I live in the Kansas City area. Type 1 since 1970. Had a grandmother that was also diabetic, but that is the only other one that I know of for sure.

I'm divorced, have two kids, my daughter is 17 and my son is 15. I live alone most of the time, so I am working on training my cats to give glucogon injections and to fetch carbs. The usually fall asleep on the injection kit tho and eat the carbs themselves. Still got some work to do there
thanks for the laugh Scott!
scott that was cute. Nice to find a laugh amongst all this pain from time to time. It hit me on a very down day so thanks for the bright light.
Wow you guys are AWESOME, I was kinda worried that no one would post here. IT is so great to meet all of you.
Hi. I'm Gordie. I live in the woods of central Wisconsin. Right now they are filled with about 55 inches of snow with a layer of ice on the top. Today we are having a heat wave. It has gotten up to 20.

I was diagnosed with type 1 within a month after my highschool graduation. That was 62 1/2 years ago. Right now I'm not overwhelmed with the big D but I have been. I'll go on my first pump on the 29th of this month. Praise the LORD, it is covered by Medicare.
Way cool Gordie your first pump :)
hi my name is Joe =)

T1 since 1977 and pumping for 2 years and a lil bit. I spent many years not taking care of myself, and then things turned around for me, with the help of an army of true friends and family. No kids, divorced in 1999 and remarried in 2005. I'm a comedian, cook, engineer, geek, mechanic, and a photographer with a mountain bike - I am also a son, nephew, cousin, uncle, brother, and friend.

oh yea, Christina, your profile pic reminds me that I have an eye exam Monday ;-)
Very Cute Scott....

so happy you found this community here Lois & I agree it not until others walk in our shoes do they truely understand...

Ah yes Christina...joys of parenthood :-)

I'm Jaimie...33
Mom of 2... Alexcina is 10 and Nathan is 9
Married for 12 years (God Bless HIM! lol)

I'm type 1.5 although my doctor likes to call me 1 and a quarter at the moment....I am always trying to read more about the differences between the types...I also read somewhere once I think it was in England they are trying to divide into 6 types of diabetes....

I've definately had my ups and downs with diabetes...downs with bouts of depression, discouragement etc....ups thinking about how much I've learned, grown and endured...I truely believe what does not kill us makes us that much stronger...

So thankful to Bobby for starting "lean on me".....it's an awesome idea!
Hi my name is Andy I live in McKinney TX, Just north of Dallas. T-1 since Dec 71 2 days b/4 my 16th birthday. I have been pumping since Feb 07 What a life change can't believe I waited so long.
I have had my ups and down but for now doing a lot better. I have a 23 yo daughter and a 2 1/2 yo grandson and a 18 yo sone going to North Tx U or what ever they call it these days.
Thanks for starting this discussion Christina, it is great to learn a little about who we are talking to.
Hi everyone,
My name is Angela I live in NV I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes on November, 20,2008 so I am new to this.
I also have Lupus (SLE) and Fibromyalgia I was diagnosed with those in 2004.
I am married to a wonderful man Phil we have been together since 1996 we got married in Jan of 2007. He has been so supportive and understanding we both have read a lot about diabetes and are learning together he does not have it as far as we know he got checked and will soon find out it does run in his family.

So far since I have been diagnosed with Diabetes I have gotten my blood sugars to normal level when I was told I had it my doctor said he caught it early so my high reading was 141 and now every morning fasting I test and it is in the 80s and 90s so far so I am happy about that. I am learning a lot and trying different things to see what works for me. I eat low carb the ADA does not work for me so I use what they say and what Dr Bernstien says and take a little of both. Some recipies from the ADA I use they sent me some in the mail. At frist changing my ways of eating I thought no way I cannot do it. I have been an over eater for years and it is hard to break bad habits. But the scare of knowing I have diabetes I guess got me enought and I am scared to eat the wrong things now. So the things I used to eat I don't want to now. But I know in time I will want to and will have to deal and learn moderation. I am taking it a day at a time.

I enjoy reading the posts so far in the group and hope to get to know you all.
Thanks for letting me share with you all.
Hugs Angela




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