Sorry...I am not shy, I just have no clue how to post a photo. This is my dear departed greyhound from an old file. I was diagnosed with type 1, 3 years ago at 50. People wondered how I got "adult onset diabetes" while living such a healthy lifestyle. Hmmm......shows you how uninformed the lucky, general public is. I jumped in and read everything I could get my hands on and started out committed to besting this with tight control. After some scary lows and raging hormonal highs, I have lost my enthusiasm....and have the higher A1c's to show for it. I use Lantus and Humalog....I am a snacker so dose up to 8 times a day. Despite this very bad luck, I am so lucky to have not gotten this as a kid, I am so lucky to be knowledgeable and interested in nutrition, and I am so lucky to be diagnosed at a time when there are so many advances and this one. I really credit all of you who have dealt with this for a long time. I'd love to hear your histories and hints for keeping motivated. Good luck to us all. It could always be worse, but Man....this is an adventure.

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Comment by Manny Hernandez on October 12, 2007 at 7:34pm
To post a photo, click on the "Photos" link above. When you are on the Photos page, click on the "+ Add Photos" link at the top. That will take you through a step-by-step process that explains what you need to do from that point.

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Comment by Ryan Ducharme on October 13, 2007 at 12:58am
oh thats sad your puppy. well not a puppy but a dog. i once had a puppy about 2 years ago i feel in love with the thing it was a she. then we had to get rid of it. i love dogs. well i relate to you. i snack all day. we are on the same meds. from what i see the lantus really helps and humalog can be dangerous. but i like that story. i wish i had my puppy. it was a mini hotdog. thanks for bein a friend!
Comment by Doris D on October 13, 2007 at 5:59am
WElcome to our growing family! The lows can get really scary. I have had seizers for the last 10 years and have woke up in the ambulance at home in gro. stores, courtrooms, extc ! What I have come to is tell everyone around me what might happen and just call 911 if I pass out if not get me some juice fast!
Comment by Progress Trumps Perfection on November 2, 2007 at 8:11am
Hi Elaine, thanks for your comment! Your greyhound baby was a beauty! You are so right about being able to combine passion for animals with a career. Have you gotten any more pets? I understand what you are saying about experiencing a letdown in control when it really sinks in that this is for life no matter what you do. Since you like to snack, have you considered an insulin pump? I resisted it for years, but absolutely love it.
Comment by leisa on December 16, 2007 at 3:06pm
I am 44, and also have eaten better than 90% of the population.Im super confused why Im sick. leisa
Comment by Maureen on March 11, 2008 at 8:58am
Hi Elaine

I'm another person who's practiced a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle etc. and ta-da! Got diabetes! Oh well, you have to play the cards you are dealt. I think of my diabetes as a cranky roommate that I have to live with whether I like it or not. So I find ways of living with it cooperatively and peaceably, if that makes any sense. It saves my sanity and gives me better A1C1's :-)
Comment by Kristin on March 18, 2008 at 3:18pm
When I left the hospital after getting diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I walked by two girls from my high school standing outside smoking. After years of running cross country, eating healthy, and never lighting up a cigarette (not that it had anything to do with diabetes, just at the time it felt like it did), I wondered "why?". You're right it's an adventure :)
Comment by Alessandra Paganin on July 14, 2008 at 7:52am
Hi! when i discovered diabetes I couldn't explain why! I'd always been really careful with kilos and always on a diet and eating healthy..I just couldn't understand!
But I stopped asking questions of why me...and so on, and my A1C just went down and down till now!:-)
Sometimes i wish I had always had it, so I wouldn't remember what it was like. But my diabetes helped me to become stronger and a better person and to understand people around me, to see which are my real friends and to feel even stronger the love of my family and then of my fiancé that i met after discovering diabetes. When i discovered it my ex was too frightened and always gave me stress instead of support.Thanks God I met my angel Julian :-)
It's an adventure, butr keep on doing it, we'll succeed!!!
Comment by Steve D on July 19, 2010 at 11:40am
Elaine - You are sooooo right...this IS an adventure, that just keeps getting better! Trust me, I'm 48 years old and a 30 year T1 vet. Many stories and good advice at my site: Please go check it out! I see you are a dog lover too, Bow wow! Is Bethesda as HOT and HUMID as Richmond these days?


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