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Topic Title: DTREAT conference
Created On: 07/14/2009 10:41 AM
 
 07/15/2009 09:37 AM

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dorisjdickson

Hi

Well, I guess that depends on each person's definition of "works" doesn't it? This may or may not apply to you (or me) but if someone says it "works" but then have excessive weight gain, insulin resistance, heart disease in their 30's, retinopathy in their 40's and can't feel their feet by 50, it doesn't work. Any choices that cause these type of diabetic features can't possible even feel like it "works".

There are many out there who claim something "works" but end up disabled, fired because of excessive absences, need constant special dispensation, etc. etc.

My definition of "works" is different. Then again, my definition of "complication" is different. It doesn't just mean the few listed in the textbooks. The definition of "complication" in the dictionary means every last one of us has dealt with complications from even prior to diagnosis. Anything that complicates our lives is a complication. So ...

Even I don't think that all of the choices I make "work." At least I admit that when I do something that I know has a good probably of causing a problem (even if it is a random high or low), it's cheating and I will pay a consequence sooner or later. I'd be in total denial if I thought otherwise.

Doris J. Dickson
 07/14/2009 11:10 PM

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FatCatAnna

Doris asked: "So how can diabetes, if managed properly, be in the background? It has to be attended to regularly or you wind up with a problem - high blood sugar or passing out come to mind."

FatCatAnna replied: "I have diabetes. It doesn't have me This is my "philosophy of life" - it works for me just as yours does."

P.S. Hope you found the video of the DTREAT conference as uplifting as I did :)
 07/14/2009 02:51 PM

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dorisjdickson

I have a slightly different philosophy. I believe diabetes must come first in my life or there will be no healthy life or quality anything else.

I've been wondering how Judge Sotomayer is sitting there without a glucose meter or her insulin on the table at the Senate hearing. I haven't watched today but yesterday they broke for lunch around 11:30 or 11:45 and came back a few hours later. I don't by the way think she uses a pump or a CGMS but I can't swear to that.

I operate with my glucose monitor in front of me or at least in my possession at all times. I test almost hourly especially for several hours after a meal. I do not take one large dose of insulin for a meal and thus ... in these hearings, and the amount of time she is sitting there, I would need to test and take insulin.

So ... I would say my diabetes would have to rule my life if put in a position like this. To that end, I have tested my blood sugar in front of interviewers and explained I need to take insulin if that's what is necessary. I will NOT allow my blood sugar to get out of control because it looks bad.

So how can diabetes, if managed properly, be in the background? It has to be attended to regularly or you wind up with a problem - high blood sugar or passing out come to mind.

Again, this is my philosophy and I'm sticking to it. My kidneys and eyes seem to be very happy with the whole thing.

Doris J. Dickson
 07/14/2009 10:41 AM

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FatCatAnna

Just last month - 47 young adults came together at Villanova University to participate in the first DTREAT conference. The conference was brought to fruition by a group of young leaders in the diabetes field that had been chosen by the staff at DECA (Diabetes Education and Camping Association).

I would have loved to attended something like this 30 years ago.  It's funny, one of the participants makes reference to their grandmother who had diabetes 30 years ago - and it made me feel sooooo old - but it was interesting to hear them talk about diabetes and what they knew and were learning at this conference.  Let's just say - that today's generation will hopefully do well with all that was presented.

One thing as well, a young girl said that what she had gotten out of this conference was seeing diabetics that had diabetes fo a long time (she said 20 years) - and the fact that these people did not let diabetes rule their lives.  I am in total agreement with that girls statement.  As this is how I have always lived with my diabetes - it does not rule my life - it's in the background!

Here is the link for the video - it's a 9 minute feature - but well worth the time to watch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02Pelz9Rq-Q

For more information on DTREAT, visit the DTREAT Facebook page, call DECA at 866-980-3222, or visit the website at www.diabetescamps.org

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