My name is nick and I have been a type I diabetic for the last 13 years (since I was 11). I started going to diabetes camp the summer right after I was diagnosed and it was the best thing I ever did for myself! Since then I have gone as a camper or worked there almost every single year, and it has always been so good for my physical and emotional health.
About 6 months ago I was offered a job at an organization in the East Bay in California, called the Diabetic Youth Foundation, running year-round programs for kids, teens, and families affected by diabetes. It has been the BEST thing that ever happened to me! I always thought that camp was just a fun thing to do, but that it could never be a “real” job. But it’s awesome! The people I work with are amazing and passionate, and the families are great. It means so much to me to give back. I encourage anyone who feels like they need some support in their diabetes care to go out and find a camp, support group, or something like that to help them through it. There are SO many out there and it has made an incredible difference in my life!
I love talking to other diabetics, especially parents because I feel like they have a lot of questions about what it is like growing up with diabetes, and I would be happy to answer any questions that you have. I also really love talking to other people my age, in their 20s or 30s, who sometimes struggle with the day-to-day. It can be hard to have the constant motivation to check and really pay attention can’t it! Sometimes I just want to throw up my hands and say “I’m over it!” but that doesn’t solve anything. A sense of humor about the disease has really helped me to cope and stay positive.
I just hope its a real forum and not some big pharma scam that blocks users who protest insulin prices because I looking for others to join in.
Big pharma likes to keep their cash cows contained you know. Is this website AstroTurf ? Who funds this place ?
Anyway thanks for reading and I look forward to being a part of this forum!