Diabetes and DNA crapshoots


It seems no matter what, I have never fit in with a ‘Norm’.


  • Normal pregnancy is 9 months, *I* came out after 6 months.
  • Normal eyesight is 20/20, Mine is 20/200
  • Normal weight for my type is about 155. Mine is... 204
  • Normal is marriage and children. I was married, but no kids.
  • Normal is a regular job and paycheck. Mine was freelance music and art, and SSI to get by because of the eyesight leaving me out of steady work.
  • Normal is sleepovers and camping trips, friends and school clubs. Mine was being left out of most everything at school/social activities


So, OF COURSE I was diagnosed with ‘Juvenile’ diabetes (Average age is usually about 9 years old) at the ripe old age of 28.


Now, I’ve heard of ‘Late Bloomers’ but isn’t that a bit ridiculous?


So it stands to reason, that I am the only insulin pumper at my internist’s office. He tells me it is mainly because his clientele are of lower education or their language barriers and customary ‘excessively laid back’ mentality is why.


After 26 years with type 1 diabetes, I think I’ve accepted this whole shebang as “MY NORMAL”. No, my BG’s are in no way perfect, I still get mad, depressed, up in arms over it, throw-the-meter-across-the-room thing, but it is MINE come what may.


It begs the question: I read that according to the World Health Organization, that ‘Diabetes’ affected 10% of the worlds’ population.


What that doesn’t tell you is that this is mainly type 2 diabetes. Type1 Diabetes is 10% of the other 10%, so we as type 1’s make up a huge 1% of the Earth’s population.


Which leads me to the DNA Crapshoot. Who gets it and why? They say it is an immune response to a virus. We get a virus, the body attacks it and consequently kills off our Beta cells in the pancreas. But others may get the virus, their immune system goes to battle and yet their Beta cells are left intact.


I am a Science Fiction buff. I have weird ideologies and I’ve gotten thru some of the rough spots of living these last 26 years with the frustrations of diabetes by adopting an outlook of having ‘Alien DNA’.


This may be ‘weird’, ‘crazy’ or whatever to many, but it is the only thing IMO that makes any sense to this at all. Certainly I have no Eartheaon answer to it, but it gets me through what I need to do everyday. When I get the major frustration... the wanting to throw my meter at the wall, the self loathing at being ‘Abnormal’, I go into my Sci-Fi mind and think ‘OK, this is what ‘our people’ have to deal with.


With my renewed sense of Vulcan Logical thinking, I feel a lot less depressed and more analytical about it all. I notice that many of us, whatever type of diabetes we have, are prone to becoming overly emotional when we are dealing with the foibles of diabetes. Sometimes, these emotions get in the way of reason. They block us from taking action. Other times they make us react too aggressively to the situation at hand. Neither path is good, as these can hurt us in reaching the goal at hand.


I’ve read that people with diabetes are more likely to suffer clinical depression. This may be due to the brain’s need for a balanced Glycemic environment and after some years of imbalance, the chemical integrity within the brain, even a little bit, could make it less able -biologically- to handle some emotional situations. I feel it is both biological and secondary to what is happening around us. Someone may see a higher than liked blood glucose and where one would think “Oh, dangit, I ate too much/did not give enough bolus/Should have stayed at the gym longer”, another would be ready to quit the whole thing, cry and have destructive thoughts.


It may or may not help, but I propose when things get like that, get to a physician for a proper diagnosis of clinical depression, and failing that, We should adopt a different view. I call it the “Alien View” in where we become analytical at the condition we have and not at our own selves. I propose we stop viewing the tests like a ‘report card’ and placing our self worth on them.

That, in my opinion, will work better than acting out, having tantrums and giving up on our diabetes control. Giving up serves no constructive purpose at all.

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Tags: Alien, Frustration, depression, diabetes

Comment by Katsz on October 26, 2010 at 1:55pm
Well put... and as you know.. the mom's that bear these Alien DNA children also need to take the same way of thinking... it helps.. thank you for all the help you have given me over the last months. YOU are may favorite Alien...well...besides my son that is. :)
Comment by Jenny on October 26, 2010 at 1:58pm
LOL! Don't forget the Dads too. You're welcome. We need to keep our heads on this planet.
Comment by Doris D on October 26, 2010 at 6:31pm
What has worked for me (now that's after I calm down concertably) is to look aback at my behavior when it happened and I can honestlt see where I over reacted and laugh about it. Really this works for me. Looking back and finally admitting I was just too STUBBORN at the time!
Comment by Gerri on October 26, 2010 at 6:37pm
Great blog.

I was dx T1 at 53 with no family history. Married, no children. I'm outside the norm also.
Comment by Jenny on October 26, 2010 at 6:40pm
My guy uses a term I don't mind, Abby-Normal. Not sure where he got it, but...
Comment by Brunetta on October 26, 2010 at 9:31pm
Live long and Prosper Jenny ( from a Trekkie, too)
God Bless,
Brunetta
Comment by Jenny on October 26, 2010 at 9:33pm
Thank you Brunetta Always a trekkie :-)
Comment by Manny Hernandez on October 26, 2010 at 10:07pm
You are another LADA, girl.
Comment by Jenny on October 26, 2010 at 10:50pm
Whatever it is called it is still type 1 and isn't going away... Darn it.
Comment by Kelly Rawlings on October 28, 2010 at 6:44am
This Eartheon likes your reasoning! Thanks for sharing your thoughts--especially on not giving up!

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