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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Surviving the Holocaust with Type 1 diabetes - Mar 27
  " To the best of my knowledge, I am the only diabetic who survived years of imprisonment in German concentration camps. This is my story "   The above words ...
Sugar and Your Health - Mar 06
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Posted: Nov 12, 2008 16:41
  • I want to be a movie star ...

    I just got home after having a very VERY interesting afternoon.  I was at a diabetic meeting last Wednesday – and just before the meeting started - a few announcements were read.  One announcement was a call for Type 1 diabetics for an ad that medical company is going do here in Canada.  Out of the group of about 60 people attending – I was the only one there with Type 1 (everyone else was Type 2).  So, the next day I called up the agency taking care of recruiting and was asked to email a blurb about myself and a snap shot.  Come Monday – I got a call saying they’d like to interview me.  I’ve never done anything like this before – so I thought – “what the heck what have I got to lose?”.


    When I arrived there today – quaint little place on St-Denis here in Montreal – I found a sitting room with a few people. I being the curious gal asked if they were here for the interview for the commercial.  Well, yes indeedy – we all were.  After that we had a riot talking about how long we’d had diabetes, our ups/downs, yadda, yadda, yadda.  I have never been in a room full of Type 1 diabetics – and it was so much fun!!  Most of them were still on insulin injections and doing very well like I was prior to my going on the pump.  Tho' one lady that I met has the same problems as I do with night time lows – which I find since going on the pump I do not experience anymore.  So we’re going to stay in contact as she’s curious about the pump.  Warning to her – you may regret meeting me – as I felt the same way about pumping – that I would never EVER do it – wrong, wrong, wrong. Now I’m hooked to it like it’s my fuzzy teddy bear (okay – it’s not quite that bad – but I find it’s changed how I handle my diabetes ten told).. 


    The interview was interesting – I didn’t realize it would involve my being filmed.  I think I either spoke to fast and had beads of sweat rolling down my forehead (how do you act Harold???).  I’m not sure – but if I’d known I was being filmed – would have worn something better then my everyday jeans/t-shirt!  Anyway, never the less – I know they are going to pick one person – but personally – and I may write to them.   I think everyone in that waiting room should be in the ad.  We all have similar stories and what was interesting was a daughter and father who are both Type 1’s.


    Anyway, I’m now wanting to have a party at my house ... where get this ... "normal" people are outnumbered by the folks that I met today –  it would be such a hoot. No one saying - "Should you be eating/drinking that?".  Maybe I should write to the agency and tell them about this idea as well  it could be a good ad - bunch of happy go lucky Type 1 diabetics, testing our BG's and bolusing for carbs for chips, few drinks and whatever! 


    Ahhh, to think – I could have been a movie star Kiss …. It’s never too late !!!!




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