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Hi my name is Joe

I have been T1 a long time (jeez about 30 years now) but I have only been treating myself well since late 2000. I’ve only been talking about my diabetes since 2003 and I started looking at support groups and other stuff this year.

I’ve been on N and R since before there was human insulin. I have had to test blood sugar before there was a home blood test machine (kids call ‘em “meters”). What – does that make me a geezer … older than dirt? =) I guess it does!

I am doing most of the right stuff today. I got myself on a pump last year and I think it’s the way to go for me. I think you have got to be on Humulin N for a little while to appreciate just how great pump therapy is. I’ve taken my pump to Ireland and China this year, so you gotta know that I really trust the little buggar.

I work for "big pharma" so I kinda hate it when I hear conspiracy theorists talk about how the evil empire is keeping a hidden cure for diabetes so they can make their blood money off sick folks. The team I work with is an absolutely super group of people who don’t make a bazillion dollars but whose efforts are worth at least that much – this year we will design and build a fermentation factory where a vaccine for cervical cancer will be manufactured and distributed world wide. Someday a girl won’t die of that cancer and this team will have contributed.

I love cooking and photography and making beer and my mountain bike. I married an angel in 2005 whose constant support helps me in more ways I can count. I am glad there is a place for us to talk and I like being out here. I volunteer for the JDRF and do what I can, based on my vast experience of doing it wrong and the few years of trying to do it right.


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Comment by sri on September 18, 2007 at 8:07pm
Hi Joe,
This is a fun place to hang out, learn, meet great people and contribute to the diabetic OC.
A fellow cook, photographer and T1 diabetic.
Comment by Chrissie in Belgium on September 19, 2007 at 11:28am
Hi Joe, I have had D for 45 years....and I use a pump too! I write about stuff in my blog at - if you are interested.
Comment by Amylia Grace on September 25, 2007 at 9:52pm
Welcome! Been reading your entries and enjoying them. I've had D for 18 years and was on a pump in college but now am back on shots and am really wanting to be pumpin' again, but living in Taiwan right now precludes that option. Feel free to check out my blog ( Good to meet ya! :)
Comment by Catherine on September 30, 2007 at 5:53am
Nice to meet you Joe!
Comment by Peetie on September 3, 2011 at 8:34am
I know this is an old post but it is interesting to read. It's great to get a view from the other side of the "big pharma" fence. Stay well. Joanne


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