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Would You Eat Food That Was Genetically Modified?

Not only do I eat GMOs, I willingly inject myself with GMOs 5–8 times a day! It is my secret to a long life. “What?” I can hear your gasping disbelief from here. “Why would you do something so harmful to yourself? Don't you realize how BAD GMOS are?” I have Type 1 diabetes. For those of you who don't know, it is an autoimmune disease that causes the islet cells of the pancreas (they are responsible for producing insulin) to die off. When your body cannot produce its own insulin, you must inject man made insulin several times a day. If you don't, your blood glucose levels will rise to dangerous levels and your blood chemistry goes wonky (scientific medical term). Without insulin, your blood begins burning fat and muscle for fuel instead of carbs. The acidic byproduct is called ketones. You may have heard of low-carb diets that suggest you check your urine for ketones and applaud you if you manage to get a pink square on the ketone strip. However, with Type 1, that pink square is terrifying. It means you are going into ketoacidosis, which is a life threatening emergency. Without treatment, you will die. Quickly. If you have Type 1 diabetes (only loosely related to Type 2 di Continue reading >>

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  1. Shari Small

    First of all, keep that mindset- T1d is a condition you have to deal with, not who you are!
    For a substantial amount of people, needles are something to be feared. Some will actually faint at the sight of needles. This isn't limited to small children or uneducated adults- I've worked with two pharmacists who have needle phobia. The thought that we have to inject ourselves is enough to make those people cringe.
    There is also the factor of misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about T1. Admit it- you probably had no idea what Type 1 diabetes meant when you were diagnosed. Diabetes? That's something that old, overweight people get, right? Diabetes? Doesn't that mean you can't eat sugar? How awful!
    When my daughter was diagnosed, the PA came into the room with a stricken look on her face and said,”There's no sign of bacteria in her urine (I thought she had a bladder infection), but there's ketones.” I said, “Oh. Okay. Um, what are ketones?” I had no idea- it's not something the average person knows.
    A close family friend who is about my age also has a daughter with T1. She works closely with several fundraising and research organizations. She showed me a fundraising letter that she wrote. It went pretty much like:
    This poor, beautiful girl has to poke her finger 10–12 times a day to get blood. She has to inject insulin when she wakes, every time she eats, at bedtime, and often more. Multiply that number since she was diagnosed- she has had to inject herself with a needle 12,000 times. She is only 9. She faces complications like blindness, loss of feeling in her limbs,….
    Of course, it was quite lengthy, but it really made her life sound like a living hell! My reaction was “WTH? You make it sound so bad!” Which it is, I grant you that. But we don't look at it that way- it is just a new way of doing things. To an outsider, though, it sounds like the worst life imaginable.

    You will get true pity from some people, sympathy because you have a condition (even though they're not quite sure what it entails), and indifference from others. Rarely, you will get questions from some that really want to learn about T1. That is your chance to educate and advocate!

  2. Tony Sangster

    written from experience of 50 years with diabetes, not to be taken as medical advice or opinion.
    Sympathy is but only one of the reactions people may have. For me, newly diagnosed at 13, my classmates ‘ response at school ranged from sympathetic to standoffish to outright repulsive with intense teasing.
    It is tempting sometimes to cling to sympathy but it is ultimately a cop-out.
    Now 50 years on, I relate to others that in some ways developing diabetes has done me a good turn: my diet was and probably still is better than most people’s; I have an added purpose for exercising regularly; my experience of managing diabetes informed my choice of career and helped me better understand people with their illnesses; I could give injections with confidence and care to others; I learnt to think ahead and prepare for many different eventualities to do with diabetes and life in general; whilst early on I participated in relatively dangerous adventures to ‘prove myself’ I later found acceptable levels of lower risk activities/pastimes i.e. I came to accept my limitations, be philosophical about it and advise others accordingly; participating in camps for diabetic children gave me an opportunity to put something of my experience to practical use and perhaps repay some of the help I received as a young(er) diabetic.
    Use of an insulin pump has greatly improved control of my diabetes. I am fortunate like many other diabetics that technology is advancing. The only feeble call for sympathy I have is for my poor fingers regularly lanced to obtain blood for testing of sugar levels. Even that will lessen with newer technology, I hope !
    My physician provides heartening news for me and others by saying that at the first interview with a a newly diagnosed Type I diabetic he asks: “ What provisions have you made for your future, such as a good superannuation scheme ?”

    Finally, I hate the taste of black jelly beans and in the now rare instance that I need something to combat low blood sugar (that is a ‘hypo’) my wife provides the black jelly beans. Some black humour to remind me to always strive to improve myself !

  3. Elise Grinkemeyer

    Because no one who doesn’t have a condition like T1d will ever fully understand it. They haven’t lived their life the way we do.
    If you ask a normal person on the street if they’d be okay with pricking their fingers and taking shots every day, of course they’re going to say no. It’s not an everyday experience for them, and usually any experiences they have had are negative. (Remember how much those hospital lancets hurt? That’s what they’re getting any time they have a finger stick. Yeowch.) Not only that, but the negativity is… almost encouraged. Kids who cry about their shots still get stickers in US clinics, you know, and I remember doctors being shocked I wasn’t scared or ignoring my lack of fear altogether to tell me to focus on something else. On the contrary, I just see a needle as something to do, like tying a shoe or cleaning the toilet.
    That’s why they think the sympathy is necessary, even though for many of us, it’s really not.
    “I’m sorry you have to live, too.”

    Ultimately, it’s just a matter of perspective. I don’t like hearing people tell me they’re “sorry,” but it’s what they’ve learned to do when someone is “inconvenienced” or in pain from their point of view.

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