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Who are we? We're a huge community, our members have succeeded at a LOT, and we've fallen down and picked ourselves up. We're of all ages, nationalities, and live with all types of diabetes. We have SO many skills and talents! Can you ice skate? Clean a house? Write a story? Go to school? - Let's share!

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Started by rick (aka: #blankieboy). Last reply by rick (aka: #blankieboy) Apr 13, 2013. 3 Replies

For years I have wanted to be called doctor. For years I dreamed of it. I was diagnosed in 1974 with type 1 and in 1975 I entered college. I was married in 1977 and graduated and was blessed with two…Continue

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Comment by Gb on April 14, 2013 at 7:02am

I am Glenda, in my 50's, English instructor, live in Edmonton, Canada, but have lived in other places like Abu Dhabi, China, Northern Alberta... I was gestational diabetic for my second son 13 years ago, but was dx with T2 probably 7 years ago. I hadn't been taking my diabetes very seriously until a year ago when I was sent to a diabetic clinic instead of weight loss clinic mistakenly by my doctor - tee hee. My new endo put me on Victoza, and I began working with a personal trainer, which is ridiculously expensive, but is my only luxury. I have lost 60lbs in the last year and I have 40 to go.
My mother was a teacher, my husband is and I am, so education is central to my life. I have a BA in Psy, BEd in secondary, and a MA in Linguistics. Growing up I was "the dancer" in a prominent sports family, though for family fun we all would go dancing and also practice in our livingroom.
I love animals - horses, dogs and cats,we are down to one rather large Persian at the moment.

Comment by bikette on April 13, 2013 at 5:35pm

I was born very young, brought up as a child. My parents never had any children that lived which explains why my brother was an only child.
Anybody buying any of this so far? Oh darn. Let’s try some true stuff then… Nobody will ever believe that crap! I’m one of those people who peaked early - like Kindergarten. By the age of four I could read, write and had won my first highland dancing medal against kids twice my age. WAY back in my day, girls could go to school as long as they wanted and choose any career they dreamed up as long as it was nursing, teaching or babysitting. If you wanted to be in law school or pre-med you needed a whole lot of money, drive and help because the ‘good stuff’ was all about being male and/or related to the dean of admissions! The ROTC program was out without a nursing degree, so I opted to use my full 3-year scholarship to pursue a (4 year) degree in Physical/Health Education, followed by another in Computer Programming with minors in various languages. I got to attend the Mexico Olympics as a ‘stand-by’ in several sprinting events and by the time I turned 18 it was pretty much all downhill! And suddenly I was over the hill!
Skipping ahead to my 40th birthday I found that all of a sudden I couldn’t see the fine print on the underwear I was selling at lingerie parties and I remember thinking “Wow, this menopause hits fast! First I'm presbyopic and next I’ll be having hot flashes and then forgetting stuff and in a home by 50!” My body sorta fell apart for a decade or so. I lost a few organs I thought were a bit necessary. My lung collapsed, my gall bladder got stoned, my ulcers bled and my colon got ulcers…. And that was just the beginning of a really fun time of my life during which I was under anesthetic 30 of the 40 times total. Prednisone was supposed to help, but ended up costing me my teeth and bringing on early type 2 diabetes. But mostly my 40's was when I had to give up being the life-long jockette and ‘settle’ for sitting at a desk, a bed and a toilet in alternating shifts.
20 years later, I look back and say I didn’t really accomplish much after that first couple decades, but I will admit that I’ve been lucky in love to have found my soul mate at 23 – ok, so he was married to someone else at the time, but I am a firm believer in Recycling! I waited my turn and we just celebrated our 35th anniversary together - me as his second wife and he being my ‘first husband’. Never let them get complacent! He’s 14 years older than me and his kids were grown with kids of their own when we married, so I never made any babies of my own … not that I know of anyway!
But it was my hubby who stumbled onto tuD and on August 5, 2010, I was welcomed here by my friend Linda G – and we quickly learned that we lived about an hour’s drive from each other! We're just down the road in the town where insulin started, where Fred opened up shop and stayed up late trying to figure out why that ‘new’ drug wasn’t working right, here in London Ontario. So if any of you happen to come by this city to see the Flame of Hope, the house where Banting conceived of this miracle that keeps most of us alive today – please let me know and I’ll try to find that red carpeting we accidentally created when Dave cut his arm on the fan belt.
I ride a big old Kaw(asaki) when my back and bones will let me and I don’t read as much as Linda probably does but I write a bit. I ghost-wrote a book on the delightful topic of Death and Dying for a Toronto psychiatrist and a few of my “Piece of Mind” columns have been published, enough to assemble into a book of my own at some point. Right now I should be writing tax returns for a few hundred loyal clients who won’t let me retire but if I weren’t ‘crunching numbers’ all day, I’d likely be out walking around the shores of southern Lake Huron with my elderly recycled first husband and my irritating PITA cat.

Comment by palomino on April 12, 2013 at 5:18pm

Lived wildly the first 26 years of my life; eating all the chocolate and carby goodness that I could get my hands on. Rode a lot of horses, did a lot of 4-H, played the clarinet and had a pretty normalish life. Majored in Animal Science in undergrad, concentrating in horses.. minored in Spanish.. and then I was dx'd in February of 2012 with T1... an early vet school graduation present, I guess.

I was gonna work on horses and other large animals when I got out, but do have some fear now of having a low around an animal that could knock my block off on a good day. So I treat cats, dogs, the occasional turtle and rabbit, and life is tolerable.

Currently I enjoy sewing, and collecting vintage sheets for sewing projects (got any you want to get rid of?? ;))

I do still horde chocolate.. and consume it regularly. :)

Comment by Linda G on April 12, 2013 at 1:21pm

I was diagnosed in March 2006 with Type 2, and joined TuDiabetes 2 years later. I'm in Canada...a city named Kitchener-Waterloo (2 cities joined together). I'm a wife of 33 years (hubby is also diabetic), mom to two grown children (one 28, the other 26), a grandma to 3 lovable little boys...with a fourth one due on June 6th. I'm a Montessori school teacher (French and English, to Casa (kindergarten age) up to grade 5. Teaching was NEVER in my plans when I was younger! I started wanting to go into medicine, fainted in biology class (dissecting a brain) and knew it wasn't for me. I opted for art at U. of Toronto initially wishing to get into Medical
Illustration, but transferred to Graphic Design and Illustration. I was in the field for many years. Then the children came, and I longed to be home with them and so took a couple years off. (Which was right at the time computer graphics kicked in...and I became a dinosaur!!) I had always been involved with children on a volunteer basis from as far back as a teenager, so now that I had children of my own, teaching began to sound very appealing. I went back to school, and got a degree in teaching.
I still illustrate sporadically. As well, I paint murals, stage props, and do artisan style art. I'm looking into working with glass....I'm passionate about glass and raw elements, such as rocks/minerals.
I read, history fascinates me, I paint, sing, walk, garden, ski, ride my bike, I volunteer here there and everywhere...did I mention "read"? I love having friends over, I bake/cook, am an eclectic music lover, an animal lover. The ocean...ah the ocean...it speaks to me! I may have diabetes (and a few other things), but I have no intention of letting that stop me.
Coming to TuDiabetes was pivotal in learning how to balance my life with diabetes. Here, I have made many great friends, all the while learning, supporting and BEING supported.

Comment by jrtpup on April 10, 2013 at 6:56pm

I'm impressed you guys ;)

I was married to my best friend for 40 years, we raised 3 kids. I've worked as an editor and graphic artist, and taught autistic children, I spent a lot of time doing child advocacy for the state and for special needs kids in schools. I've always volunteered in my community, mainly doing fundraising, volunteer raising and putting on events. I worked for years as a sign language interpreter. I love to cook.

Now that the human kids are grown, I have 3 canine kids - performance Jack Russell Terriers. I love the arts, love doing crafts. I still feel incomplete unless I'm contributing to my communities and giving back. TuD is a great opportunity to do so!

Comment by Stemwinder (Gary) on April 10, 2013 at 6:42pm

We are TuDiabetes, I love it. So who am I, I am Gary a T2 diabetic that uses an insulin pump, but I'm so much more. I work for a gas utility maintaining the pressure controls for my area. I have been a utility worker for 34 years and the gas company has been my professional life. I have always served our customers in some form and that makes me proud.

My true passion though is woodworking, Norm Abrams is my hero. I consider myself a semi professional woodworker because I try to achieve profession results from my hobby, most of the time I succeed. Mrs. Stemwinder has a house full of cabinetry and furniture that I have built all of which I am very proud.

Comment by Andrew on April 10, 2013 at 10:14am

Talents... hmmm. I've privately published three books and sold maybe 130 copies.

Comment by Doris D on April 10, 2013 at 9:57am

hello guys!!!! does being a good g-ma could not to meanchin a good mom lol
well ask my kids about the mom part lol!

Comment by Elizabeth on April 10, 2013 at 8:33am

When I was 18, at the end of my senior year in high school, I had no idea what I would do with my life or where my talents lay. One of my teachers did, though. The last thing my English teacher said to me was, "When you publish your first book, send me a copy." Not IF, but WHEN.

I published my first book in 2003, and I sent him a copy. It wasn't what he might have expected — a patient education book, rather than fiction — but he was pleased that I remembered, and pleased that his words had been so powerful. I wrote two more such non-fiction works (the most recent was my Q&A book on parenting a child with diabetes, and of course we know why I did THAT) and I'm working on my first fiction book. I've started many novels and finished none, but this time...


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