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At 3:50pm on January 5, 2013, Linda G said…

Best Wishes NOW....and for the rest of the year!
Have a GREAT "ME" DAY :)
Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other, sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on right now!

At 11:12am on February 12, 2012, Jesus Ingles said…

Welcome to our wonderful cyber home away from home. Hope you stay awhile, if you have any questions or just need some support, please feel free to reach out to any of us since we’re all here for each other. Look around and join any groups or discussions that might be of interest.

At 5:42pm on February 11, 2012, Donna H said…

Welcome to TuDiabetes! Check out some of the groups -- it's a great way to get to know the community.

At 2:16pm on February 11, 2012, brokenpole said…

Welcome to the family! On this forum you will learn so much. Most of all you will learn that you are not alone. Everyone here is supportive and will provide answers to your questions. Search the site for answers. Read the discussions and blogs for information. There are videos to help you understand diabetes and its treatment. Most of all there is family to talk to and even to vent to, if needed. Welcome home.

At 1:33pm on February 11, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Welcome to our wonderful family. We are a very caring and supportive group. Questions? Please feel free to ask us. Please read the BLOGS the FORUMS and check out the many GROUPS for much valuable advice and information. WELCOME!!!

At 12:50pm on February 11, 2012, Linda G said…

Trailblazer in the Sky
His passion was flying airplanes. It still is.
Here is the remarkable story of Stephen Steele, a Canadian trailblazer who became the first Type I diabetic airline captain in the world.
He grew up knowing that the only thing he wanted to do was fly. At 16, he got his student pilot permit, and by 17 he had his private pilot's license. At 21, he got hired by Air Canada and thought he was living the dream…until one day, 8 years later, he was forced to surrender his pilot's license due to a diagnosis of Type I, insulin-dependent diabetes.

The landmark court case…

Guidelines for flying…
It took a couple of months to stabilize the diabetes, but meanwhile, Stephen had lost his job and was told he'd never fly again. Faced with this new reality and the need to find a new career, Stephen headed for law school and spent the next 5 years getting his law degree and opening his own law practice. During that time, however, he never lost his "spark" for flying and managed to stay on part-time with Air Canada as a simulator instructor, teaching pilots to fly the DC-9 aircraft.
Juggling both careers proved to be enormously time-consuming, however, so eventually he had to make a choice. Stephen knew that his heart was always in aviation, so he jumped at an opportunity to be a flight simulator instructor for Cathay-Pacific Airways and packed up his wife and two sons and moved to Hong Kong. The opportunities and experiences he and his family shared throughout their 8 years in Asia went beyond what they could have imagined, and little did they know how much the aviation field would change over the course of that time.
Stephen uses an insulin pump to control his blood sugars, and he tests his blood 14-15x daily when he is flying, and 6-7x when he isn't flying. He must stay on top of his health in order to live his dream and to ensure that all of his passengers remain safe in his care. Transport Canada makes sure of that, as the rules for pilots with Type I diabetes are very strict.
Some sage advice…
Stephen has been back flying with Air Canada since 2003, and is proud to have been part of such a ground-breaking move to allow people with Type I diabetes to fly. Australia and South Africa have agreed to follow Canada's protocols, and this opens up a whole new world of opportunity for people with diabetes around the world. With proper care and excellent control, there isn't anything a person with diabetes can't do, and Stephen Steele is a perfect example of that. It took him a long while to get his license back, but he says he wouldn't trade in all the experience he got as a result of being diagnosed with diabetes.
Stephen says that his diabetes hasn't been a burden for him, but rather an opportunity to expand his horizons and educate others through volunteering with the CDA (Canadian Diabetes Association), as well as educating his colleagues on the job. He speaks openly about his diabetes with his crew and flight staff - and while he used to get "surprised looks" in the early days, they all know him by now and know that he has his health well under control.
Thank you, Stephen, for your passion and commitment, and for paving the way for the next generation of Type I diabetics who wish to pursue a career in aviation. Your tenacity is a shining example of living an unstoppable life with diabetes!

At 12:17pm on February 11, 2012, Linda G said…

Welcome home Jamsi...I'll send you info about a type 1 diabetic who DOES fly commercial planes!!
This is a great place to share, to learn, and to grow...all the while meeting new people world wide, and making friends ♥
Take a peek at some the groups when you get a chance. Just go to the top of your page, and click on "Groups".
Once in, you can either peruse the wide array of available groups....or simply type a specific interest in the space provided.
Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
The resource boxes at the top of the home "Home" page, and
"About us" at the very bottom of your page and every page (the footer), offer you more information still.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for.
Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
Take care....and keep in touch!

At 11:32am on February 11, 2012, Marie B said…

hi Jamsi, welcome to the community! Here's a discussion you might want to add to




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