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Mama - Why Was I Chosen?


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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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Posted: Feb 7, 2011 23:48
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  • Mama - Why Was I Chosen?

    FatCatAnna at diagnosis in 1968

    It's not a question I really have ever thought about - with becoming diabetic at a young age.  Sometimes I think perhaps getting it so young, is the reason I am able to handle it better then some who become diagnosed later on in life.  All I know is that I don't know life any other way then then this.  Do I get worried sometimes about it?  Yes, but the fear is more so when I become much older, and I'm not capable of taking care of myself like I do now.  To have someone else taking care of me scares the crap out of me.  I'm probably like this because my parents had me taking care of my diabetes probably much younger then today's generation of parents would do.  I am glad that they did this with me, as I had to learn how to cope.  Anyway, I think I'll be around for a while, hopefully with a body/brain intact enough to deal with the roller coaster ride of diabetes - through good and bad.  This is what I think makes long term diabetics like myself survivors and strong willed.

    What started off this whole blog title is an article that popped up on my desktop from the UK, stating that a virus called Enterovirus is the 2nd leading cause of the common cold virus could perhaps be the cause of Type 1 diabetes in children.  The article goes on to say " that children with Type 1 diabetes are nearly 10 times more likely to show signs of enterovirus infection than children without Type 1 ".  The genetic factor has sort of been tossed around for awhile and is still up for debate amongst the medical community to this day.  What has been revealed with combined studies is that they can't pinpoint the exact environmental factor that sets off Type 1 diabetes but this virus is now being more thoroughly researched.

    I know over the years with discussions with other diabetics that were diagnosed at a young age, that many of us have muddled this idea in our hand that it could be to do with the environment we lived in, as well as genetically being passed on to us.  I know my great grandmother who died at quite an old age, was discovered to have diabetes, probably Type 2.  This wasn't the cause of her death though, it was just time for her body to go onto the next life (or that's the way I like to think of it through rose coloured glasses).

    I don't really remember too much about having colds before I was diagnosed  - but I remember getting hit with the chicken pox.  I was so angry to not be able to go outside to play in the snow - and basically bashed in my parents front bay window with my foot while my older brother teased me outside the window.  So, who knows, maybe that set things in motion for me? 

    The way I'm reading the article which is based on 4,440 patients in Europe, is how hygenic our society has become which causes our body not to develop antibodies to ward off viruses.  This in turn makes children more susceptible to infections since they have not acquired antibodies.  Of course, this is one of their theories, but it's always been something that's bugged me in the back of my mind with how many people nowadays are always somewhat fantical about things being squeaky clean/sterile.  I'm imagining if I'd had children, they all be running around dishevilled and snotty nosed (visions of Pippy Longstocking here), but happy little buggers as they played with the dust bunnies in the house.  Along with how many Mums now breast feed?   It has been shown that breast milk helps build up a child's immunity (and it's way cheaper then formula). 

    So, what are your thoughts?

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Feb, 08, 2011 17:05 PM
    The following comment was posted on Twitter by @Raiko06 (Tamara) - she gave me permission to post her comment here at Diabetes1.org  -

    "Reading your entry often reminded me of myself.

    Like you, I got diabetes at a very young age - 13 months old to be specific. Most of the time I see it as a blessing that I don't know how it is to be "normal", but from time to time I wonder how being a teenager would have been without being diabetic. Just like you, my parents wanted me to take care of my diabetes at an early age, so it was inevitable that I grew up faster than my friends.

    I was kinda surprised to see that article as I read something similar in a German magazine years ago. I guess that means they still don't really know what to do with that information. When I first heard about that virus I remembered what my parents had told me shortly before I was diagnosed with diabetes.  I had a pretty bad case of the flu.

    Did that trigger the disease or was it because my father's also has T1 or was it just bad luck? I've got no idea, but maybe experts will know more in the future.

    Anyway, I hope you don't mind this long tweet from a total stranger.

    Best wishes :) "

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    FatCatAnna here - many thanks for your reply - and glad to see we are like two peas in a pod with how we deal with our diabetes.  I have to admit I've had little periods of wondering what it would be like to not have diabetes - but haven't had a chance to dwell on it too much - it could send me into a mind spin I think just like when you ponder about is there life outside of our universe?

    Don't feel shy to open up an a/c here at Diabetes1.org - would love to read more from you!

    By: : Feb, 08, 2011 02:20 AM
    When they figure out specifically why those of us who have diabetes got it, they may well unlock the secret to the cure. Hopefully they will do all of that sooner rather than later.

    Anna, thanks for the links, your well worded opinions, and your excellent blog. Your hard work is noticed and appreciated.

    The Diabetes Duo: Captain Glucose and Meter Boy


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