In my last post, I wrote that I pretty much hide the fact that I am diabetic because of the mockery of the uneducated. I have been told that if I eat less, I won't be diabetic anymore, or if I stop drinking juice it would go away. Someone even told me that insulin dependancy was a myth, people aren't really diabetic, they just can't control their sweet tooth. I think a lot of these comments are based upon the overly publicized TYPE 2 diabetes that has surfaced with america's obesity problem. But I have to say one thing, BEING TYPE 2 DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE FAT! I come from a pretty in shape family, and it seems that the people who get type 2 in my family are the ones who are underweight. Yes, there are some big boys in my family, but at the same time, all of our doctors are surprised we aren't all type 1.

Someone told me only skinny people are type 1 and only fat people get type 2. I think thats a big mistake because I am type 1 and I am by no means skinny. My aunt is type 2 and she is 5 feet and 1 inch and is 90lbs. Must be a medical anomily then!

Why is america so uneducated about a rapid epidemic? Everyone thinks they know what its like to be diabetic, but they don't. It's not something you can get over, it's something hereditary usually. Or something that you just can't control. I understand it when you are 500lbs and have just found out that you are type 2, but when you are 19 and your doctor says, guess your genes caught up to you, and you have been healthy and a runner, its different. It's completely uncontrolable.

My cousin was ridiculed in my family because he got diagnosed with type 2, because the rest of us who were diabetic were type 1 and we couldn't prevent that, but is type 2 really all the preventable. Especially when we have 4 generations of diabetics? I think not.

Diabetes seems to be the mark of death, both physically and mentally, You suddenly ar marked and scarred by the fact that you will be testing for the rest of your life, but at the same time, you are now scared you are going to die from some complication.

I have lived with diabetes for 12 years, I am 20 years old. I have pricked my finger on average of 2184 times a year, bringing my grand total to 26208 pricks in 12 years. I have administered my insulin manually for 8 years, and have used a pump for 4. My pancrease turned into a worthless blob 12 years ago, and I don't think its going to ever be fixed unless stem cell research becomes legal again.

I am not a druggy, I carry syringes for insulin, I am on pump therapy to save my life, I am a student, I eat low carb junk food and watch movies. I have never had homemade mashed potatoes and I am a diabetic. I want to live until I am 95 and I hope 1 day they will find a cure for type 1, so that I won't ever have to prick myself again. Diabetes is a life sentence for your health, but it is not a crime. I am diabetic and I want to be free one day!

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Comment by Beth on March 30, 2009 at 5:17pm
All I can say to what you just posted is YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Thanks for the inspiring post. I totally agree with you, I was always the skinny one in the family and I was diagnosed about 6 years ago. It is not a crime, and it is something that we have to deal with EVERYDAY, not like a cold that just comes and goes. It has nothing to do with a sweet tooth, I was never a sweet eater, just the occasional Dark Milky Way......My mother was diabetic, not sure if anyone else in her family was or not, I am the only child in the family diagnosed, but that does not mean that I caused this. Thanks again for the most inspiring and true post.

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