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Life is what happens

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:00pm 6 Comments

Life Is What Happens

'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"  John Lennon, "Beautiful Boy"

Do you ever think back about those things you were planning to do when you were diagnosed with diabetes? I know many of us can recite where and when we were diagnosed from memory. I know I can, “Disney world, June 1974” I remember it like it was just yesterday. I was 17 and getting ready for a life of politics. I thought I wanted to go to Washington to join a high powered political consultant and manage campaigns for other people. It all sounded very exciting. To get there I thought I would likely have to start college somewhere small and then when I proved myself head off to a large east coast university to get into the scene. Georgetown seemed like a good place to try things out.

But then I was diagnosed with diabetes. In 1974 things were different than today. When I was diagnosed I thought I would need, and was told, to expect a life of hardship and uncomfortable complications. So from a practical standpoint plans had to change. Life happened while I was busy making other plans.

I often think of our communities parents who are busy making plans of their own when their child is diagnosed. Surely everything including careers, houses, family changes when a type 1 child comes home from the hospital. Yes I am sure they were busy making other plans when a life of diabetes occurred in their family.

Though I am type 1 I think our brothers…


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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
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nothing really
Date diagnosed
June 21, 1974
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6.2 (Yeah that is better, go Rick)
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Shots, Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
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At 10:13am on April 8, 2015, Kirkland21 said…

Thank you Rick. Glad to meet you and be here. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I am just learning the website.

At 3:45am on April 3, 2015, Sound_ScapeT1 said…

THANK YOU for the warm welcoming :) SUper Excited!!

At 7:40pm on March 29, 2015, Alicatz66 said…

Thanks for your supportive comment on my wall, Rick!! It was very uplifting especially since I'm new on here. :)

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rick (aka: #blankieboy) commented on Tamra's blog post 'The Overlooked Treatment for Diabetes'
"Tamra, an excellent post and wonderful topic. We know that a host of psychological issues tend to follow us around. I suffered for for over 30 years until I found some answers and found a different path. Thank you for highlighting this issue."
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rick (aka: #blankieboy) commented on Tamra's blog post 'One Month of CGMing'
"i have come to really like my arm as a site. (no it is not an approved site) But I cna keep the CGM for several days. This video taught me how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaN_iPP-wq8"
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