Our D-history:

My daughter, *Rosie, was five years old when she was diagnosed on September 19, 2008, with Type I Diabetes. We started out on MDI, but in October 2010 we switched to a pump. We also added a Dexcom CGM in May of 2011. In February 2014 we changed to the Medtronic Enlite system- a pump and CGM all in one.

*Rosie is not her real name... I let her pick her own pseudonym for the blog!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Six Degrees of a "Rare" Disease

The WEGO Health Prompt for today: Write about the weirdest thing about your health.
I often read about how "rare" Type I is... how so few people have it, and the majority are Type II.

Apparently I live in some kind of black hole where that doesn't apply.  Let me count the number of Type I Diabetics we know in real life:
  • our friend and across-the-street neighbor, age 5, diagnosed two years after Rosie
  • my son's Taekwondo instructor, who was diagnosed during the time DS was in his class
  • a friend from high school's son, the same age as Rosie
  • an older boy at Rosie's school, whose mom I just met last week
  • a girl in our city whom Rosie met at D-camp... camp is an hour and a half away
  • a friend that I went to high school and college with, diagnosed in college
  • a child (now young adult) that my mother-in-law used to babysit... we knew her long before Rosie was diagnosed
  • one former resident at work (nursing home)
You'll notice that we only met ONE of those people at a diabetic-related event... the rest were just coincidence. 

And a couple more locals that I know of, but don't really know personally:
  • another child who just moved into our neighborhood-- I haven't met this child or her family yet myself, but my neighbor has
  • another child in our city's school system with the same (real) first name as my daughter
  • a child in our neighbor's son's school
  • a random conversation with a sample lady at Sam's Club, asking what Rosie's Dex was, led to her telling us about her Type I husband who is now in his 60's and recently switched to a pump
  • a child we bumped into at the YMCA who was carrying the same diabetes bag that Rosie used to have... I tried to strike up a conversation with the mom, but she was clearly not interested
And that doesn't even count the number of D-families that I've connected with on the DOC.   One is within half an hour of us, but we haven't met up in real life yet.

It certainly doesn't seem like Type I is all that "rare" to me!

1 comment:

  1. Wish you didn't have to know of these other "D" people or families but since we do it's nice to know you aren't alone with the "D".


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