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Hi, I'm Snarky Cat and I've been diabetic for about a year and a half. I was 24 when I was diagnosed type 1. Diabetes runs in both sides of my family, including my dad, who has been diabetic for 32 years (I think). So I wasn't really surprised when I got it too; I figured I was probably going to get it some day and I would deal with it when that day came. I take Novolog, and Lantus twice a day.

I have also been childfree since a few years before I became diabetic. Mostly because I don't like kids very much to begin with. Plus pregnancy and childbirth really freak me out. When I was on the fence about having kids I thought adoption might not be so bad, but becoming diabetic really sealed the deal; I'm really glad I don't have a kid (or ten!) to deal with on top of this shit. (Plus I'm po'.)

I hope you enjoy this community and I hope I will be good at carrying out mod duties. Cheers!


Feb. 5th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Howdy! And thanks for starting this community =)

I'm a Type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at age 12 (and I'm 25 as of today). I'd never really thought of kids as something I wanted -- I had my cats, I was perfectly content...yes, I have been a crazy cat lady since I was about 6 ;) After my horrid moody puberty (and my diabetes' effects on it), not to mention the fact that being diabetic and having kids is a huge risk anyway, I made my choice to stay childfree. I also got the Essure procedure done two years ago, meaning that I can't change my mind, and I'm perfectly okay with that!

I'm on two types of insulin -- Novolog and Levemir -- and use the insulin pen. I've looked into getting the pump, but I lost my job (and insurance) last week, so that's going to have to wait. Fortunately I have a three-month supply of insulin, test strips, et cetera, to work through.

Maybe that'll be a post for this group -- insurance for unemployed diabetics and how the heck to get it.
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Well, when I was diagnosed I was unemployed AND had no insurance. I went through the companies themselves to get strips and insulin while I waited to get back on my state insurance (which is income-based, no other questions asked really). Most of the companies I think have assistance programs. The number for Novo-Nordisk is 1-800-727-6500; dunno about Levemir. This was over a year ago, and they sent me SO MUCH Novolog that I'm just now down to the last two pens! (It's not expired yet but I think it might be starting to get weak but that's another rant for another post heh) Hopefully that number still works; I keep them handy by my computer. ^_^


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