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Hi Guys and Gals....(sorry about the length!)

I have never been a fan of the whole facebook/myspace thing but I finally found a networking site that I couldn’t resist joining :-). For my first blog ever (and I mean ever - not just on this site!) I figured I’d say hello and tell you guys and gals a little about myself.

Firstly, my names Anthony (pronounced Antony – my parents had to be difficult and throw a silent ‘h’ in there!). I’m 34 years old and live in Melbourne, Australia with my partner and 2 kids. I had, what we call in Australia, a mongrel upbringing…I was born in South Africa, before moving to the UK in 1981 then finally settling in Australia in 1989. While that was a whole lot of moving around, I wouldn’t have it any other way as it really gave me a ‘sense of the world’ while growing up.

In the midst of all that, in 1982 at the ripe old age of 6, I was diagnosed with type 1 (called juvenile at the time) diabetes. There was no event that caused this to happen nor was there any family history of the disease – hey at least I’m a pioneer in my family :-D. With clear signs that something wasn’t right (lack of appetite, excessive urination, feeling generally unwell a lot of the time etc ) my parents took me to a GP – the first one misdiagnosed my condition (I forget the name but its symptoms mirror that of diabetes), however when I was taken for a second opinion, the GP took one look at me and diagnosed me as a diabetic, and sent me straight to a hospital. Being in the UK at the time, I was lucky enough to fall into the wonderful national health scheme (no sarcasm here, it is really a great system). Somehow I ended up with Professor Sonksen as my Endo at St Thomas Hospital in London. Those that know the name will know how much of an expert he is in the field, and to this day I credit him with the quality of life I have today – this does not be-little the contribution made by the others in my life BTW! At age 8, I become proud of the fact that I had mastered the art of injecting myself. Although this probably had more to do with the fact I didn’t want my mother to see my naked ass anymore than anything else!

It was around this time that my parents started sending me away to diabetic camps specially run for children with type 1 diabetes. PARENTS WHO HAVE DIABETIC KIDS TAKE NOTE – to this day I still have very fond memories of these camps. At a time when I was going to kids birthdays parties being the only one in the room who wasn’t allowed to eat the birthday cake and sweets, it was fantastic to mix with kids who understood and had been there. It was also awesome to be away from home for a week or two – naturally my parents were too scared to send my on school camps etc (especially at that time as diabetes knowledge in schools was scarce at best) and also gave them a break at the same time. Unless circumstances didn’t allow for it, I attended these kinds of camps every year until I was about 16.

In 1989, my parents decided to move to Melbourne, Australia. Being 13 at the time, we were referred to the dept. of Endocrinology at the Royal Children’s Hospital under the care of another fantastic Endo by the name of Dr Court. In fact, I still see Dr Court to this day although not for too much longer as he keeps threatening to retire. I cannot stress the importance of having a good relationship with your Endo enough as together with you they hold your life in their hands – you should be able to feel comfortable enough to approach them with anything in your life just as importantly as having a joke with them. If this isn’t the case with yours, I suggest you seek one you can forge a good relationship with.

All my life I have been interested in things that move (my first word was ‘car’ much to my parents disappointment that it wasn’t mum or dad :-) ) and while my first choice of career (fast jet pilot) couldn’t be realised due to my diabetes, I figured that I would have a hand in designing them. So when I finished high school, I started uni studying to be a mechanical engineer, getting up to all the same mischief that any other uni student would ;-) finally graduating in 1999. It should also be noted that due to my fierce want… –no- need...to become independent, I started working full-time and studying part time in order to save money to move out of home. I finally moved out when I was 22 and never looked back.

At 24, I got married to my girlfriend of 6 years (yes you did read that right!) and since then we have had 2 kids – the first turns 6 this year and the second turns 4. When you consider the fact that I am still very much a child at heart with no sign of growing up, 3 kids in a household is more than enough with no plans to extend that!

It came as no surprise to those that know me, and those that were unfortunate enough to get in a car with me when I was young, to learn that 7 years ago I got my motor racing licence. Despite the hoops I had (and still have) to jump through in relation to my diabetes, speed and motor racing has always been in my blood and it is something I just had to do. This will also explain my profile picture although I will eventually add one to show what I look like without a helmet on!

Geeez…..I have just realised how long this has become…..sorry….I will try and wrap this up for those that haven’t had enough and clicked onto a different blog!

In relation to my diabetes, despite many down and ups I have always been fiercely, perhaps strangely, proud of my diabetes. Maybe this is because it made me different from the crowd. Sure this ‘difference’ caused me hassles while growing up including bullying, shall we say ‘unscheduled hospital visits’ etc (perhaps more blog topics unless you have had enough lol) but at the end of the day this has made me who I am today. I have definitely not been the best diabetic in terms of looking after myself etc but hey none of us are perfect and there always has to be room for improvement, right? I am a firm believer that you should live your life by the motto of ‘everything in moderation’ and I will continue to do so. I hope that in sharing my varied experiences, as well as reading about other peoples, on this site will help me achieve better control over my diabetes.

Ciao for now….

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Comment by Hismouse on March 23, 2011 at 5:34pm
:) what a way to end my day, a story of a beautiful life:) it made me smile and say awe:) Thank you:)

It is so nice to read such a possitive life:)
Comment by Catherine Thomson on March 23, 2011 at 5:35pm
Welcome from another Aussie, I'm in SA. I have just come back from a weekender in Melbourne with my two girls (14 and 16). I loved reading your story. inspirational.
Comment by ladyrayne67 on March 23, 2011 at 6:31pm
Beautiful...and I am a yank (lol!) From the USA, California to be exact, anyway, I was very moved by your story and I believe mine is still here..I am new and a type 2, so welcome and know what a great bunch of people are here ! Leaning all of this is very confusing , but I love a good challenge, and as much as I am frustrated with facebook and don't quite get twitter I belong to both ( go figure). Please do share ! Good day mate!
Comment by Ant97gtr on March 23, 2011 at 6:33pm
Thanks for the kind words.

Catherine - I hope you had a good time in Melb with the family. To be honest I did lol when I read that you found my story "inspirational".....I guess I've never been told that before, so thanks :-)
Comment by Gerri on March 23, 2011 at 10:45pm
Welcome to the community. Enjoyed your first ever blog. Hope we hear a lot more from you.
Comment by karebear1966 on March 24, 2011 at 1:18am
welcome!!! I do have facebook, but I find myself here more than there.. I cant vent about diabetes or express my feelings about it there because unless you have the "D"..well.. they dont understand and seem to try not to.
I have made many friends here.. its as comfortable as an easychair to be in! Enjoy!!!!
Comment by Kara on March 24, 2011 at 6:58pm
Hey Antony (have to spell it like it sounds)..... Loved your first ever blog post ever! I love your attitude and your philosopy on life......... whether you have diabetes or not (I don't..... I'm an educator without)....living life to it's fullest is the way to be! while using moderation!
Comment by Ant97gtr on March 24, 2011 at 10:40pm
Well I'm glad you all enjoyed the blog....turned into more of a novel than what I thought but hey the words just seemed to flow! Gerri-now that I've found this site you probably won't be able to shut me up, after all after all these years of shunning sites like facebook etc I've got a lot of time to make up for. Karebear-I know how you feel...I've only been here for a couple of days and am already making friends :-) .
Comment by Gerri on March 24, 2011 at 11:08pm
Ant, am going to hold you to that threat. Facebook holds no interest for me either & I have no desire to Tweet or be Tweeted.
Comment by kenx on March 25, 2011 at 4:03am
Hello Anthony, great post there! Welcome too, btw! So pardon my ignorance and tiny screen (im on phone)... what car is that in pic? And is it mirrored or the steering wheel on wrong side? Lol, yes that's a bad joke... I was air force brat, grew up all over the place too, spent time in Navy as well. I haven't checked to see if there are any race groups on here... how does racing affect your bg? I don't race myself, but I'm a car junkie at times, mostly like the old American muscle cars and classics. Living in California is great for that. Anyways, glad to have you here, cheers!


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