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Blog: Anna's Blog
Posted: Nov 16, 2009
On the weekend in Ottawa, I met up with Catherine, our Goddaughter and her son Aaron. It was a short visit, as we were doing the rounds on visiting our families, something we don't do that often, even though Ottawa is only a 2 hour drive. Weekends are precious for us working stiffs, so getting away can be difficult as I'm sure you all can relate to.
Anyway, I think the best part of the weekend, was seeing Aaron! He got diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 6, and at the time I had thought, "Oh no, why him?". The thing is though, after seeing him, he reminds me much of myself as a youngster, just a kid full of energy and a zest for life (he's learning to snow board this winter). I almost felt like I was talking to my twin, but in male form, it was hilarious, especially when we both found out we enjoyed dipping our pretzels in mustard.
His Mum is amazing, in raising him up the way he is, and along with help from CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario). They both have so much knowledge in how to handle diabetes, and even for Catherine like it did for my family, the diabetic way of eating has rubbed off on her. Aaron and I got to talking about carbs, and when I told him the storyof my meeting up with some Type 2 diabetics at a CDA meeting a few weeks ago who insisted that cookies made with "no sugar" meant they had no carbs, so I didn't need any insulin to eat them, he had a good laugh.
Everything has some form of carbs in it we both agreed! I told him how much educating I was going to have with some of the diabetics in the WIDA (West Island Diabetes Association) that I'll be President of beginning in January 2010. I told Aaron that these diabetics felt that a blood sugar in the morning of 8-12 mmol/l (144-216 mg/dl) was good, and that my 4-6 mmol/l (72-108 mg/dl) was just too low, I just about screamed at them, but held my cool. Of course, they told me, their doctors say that this blood sugar reading is fine. My response was that their doctors lived in the Stone Ages, and I don't think they quite took that in sad to say. It makes me wonder, what the heck are endos/GP's being told, in order to educate their diabetic patients in taking control of their diabetes, and avoiding complications from high blood sugars? Eeech!!! Out of this conversation, with a 10 year old remember, he told me, that being a kid, he couldn't keep his blood sugars as low as I do, and I agreed with him on that, with all the energy kids expend out. All I can say is, I never thought I'd be discussing this type of thing with another diabetic of such a young age. I only started to really become better educated in the diabetes area about 10 years ago, and I'm still learning! I should have come to Aaron for advice earlier <lol>!
So, on closing, can you tell that I'm really proud of Aaron, and how much he knows about taking care of his diabetes? Even better, he's going to be going onto an insulin pump, thru' CHEO soon. Each month 4 diabetic children are entered into the pumping program, which the province of Ontario now has for ALL diabetics. Imagine, if all provinces/states/countries had this program, so that insulin dependent diabetics could be on insulin pumps, paid for by their government! Need I say any more, with my having better control of my diabetes since going on the pump 2 years ago (prepump - A1C of 7% - pumping - under 6%).
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Posted: Jul 7, 2008
A friend of mine from London sent me the link to the breast cancer research and added: "I am screwed".
Jen has always been a pretty big woman. Her mother's weight was about 260 pounds when she died of a heart attack at age 50. I remember Jen (at that time age 25) mentioning to me a couple of months after her mother's death that she started watching her diet and exercising regularly: "I need to be healthy. I am naturally predisposed to being overweight. I do not want to have any overweight problems at older age". I thought she was doing great when in a couple of months Jen sent me a picture of her in a swimming suit and her new boyfriend Mark on one of the beaches during their trip in Turkey. She became much slimer and had lost 40 pounds by then (she still weighted about 190 pounds with her height of 5-06). Seemed like Jen must have been happy but our next conversation proved the opposite: "I am unhappy. I am sick of watching what I eat and when I eat. I am stressed out all the time. I simply want to relax sometimes and have a slice of pizza in front of a TV at 9 pm while watching my favorite show. But my doctor says there is long way to go"...
...during our next conversation in a couple of months I found out that Jen had given up dieting and started "enjoying food world fully". She gained her 40 pounds back but Mark was still crazily in love with her. She was happy to be with her lovely man and enjoy her favorite foods...she called me a week later..."I have diabetes. Why me?" Mark was supporting Jen but refused giving up his food habits. As a result, she could not start eating healthier either. It has been a constant fight for Jen between food habits and diabetes during last 2 months. She gained another 20 pounds and is not happy about herself anymore. Mark left her a couple of days ago unable to deal with her fast change in the moods and constant reminding of diabetes in the life. And now Jen read this article:
OVERWEIGHT women putting themselves at risk of diabetes are also increasing their risk of advanced breast cancer, Melbourne research has found.
She feels depressed as she understands there is a looong way to go in order for her to be healthy. You will be fine, my friend. You simply need to give up your food and see this world in a different way - HEALTHY WAY.
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Posted: Jun 11, 2008
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Relative to their peers without type 1 diabetes, patients who are diagnosed with the disease in young adulthood are at greater risk for death than those diagnosed in childhood.
So, dear diabetics, if you were diagnosed at age 0-15 think you are the lucky ones. Those, who were in their 15-26 - should know that there is a curse on you, which is called diabetes research! :)
It's so funny how the scientists always try to subdivide all the people into the categories. Imagine a conversation between two friends who have diabetes: "I was diagnosed at age 8, What about you?" - "I was 17, although seems like I could have had the disease for a while without knowing about it" - "So maybe we should stop being friends as I do not want to hang out with a cursed person".
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Blog: Mom's blog
Posted: May 29, 2008
Our latest diabetes adventure is the immersion into the world of pumps. My teenage daughter has type 1 and we're trying to decide if a pump is right for her. She is very active and into a lot of activities so we like that the pump is more in line with her active lifestyle. The one worry I have is that it's something else that makes her different and she'll have to find clever ways of carrying it and explaining it. She's outgoing and well spoken so I'm sure she'll have no problem coming up with an interesting story behind her gadget. In doing the research we're still not sure if going down this road will make a big difference in her daily life and that's the goal. Diabetes does not define my daughter. It's another piece of her like her brown hair, infectious laugh, and addiction to reality TV. Hopefully as we dig into the research the answer to pump or not to pump will become more clear.
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