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  1. Hello everyone.
    Seven years ago, after discovering a pre-malignant cyst on my pancreas--I had it removed. Along with the pancreas I've had my spleen; duodenum; 1/2 stomach; part of my small intestine; gallbladder; uterus; ovaries and appendix and liver bile dutcs all removed. I'm semi-hollow. I use a pump and cgm. Nope, I wasn't diabetic before my surgery but I had lost 8 family members to pancreatic cancers. Prior to my surgery, I lived on TPN and no food by mouth....everything tastes great now. I use about 25 units/day and my ratio's are around 11 to 1. I take enzymes when I eat but my challenge is more with gastric dumping. I was a motivational speaker/trainer & comic before having my surgery and I do my best to keep everyone smiling....even with a hypoglycemic moment
    I keep my pump in my bra and I find it humorous that some people think I have a hard-lined phone in my bra or wear an old time pager connected to my chest. C'mon...give me a break. I'll never forget the day I had to contact a diabetes surgery. This was a week before my surgery and the staff was thoroughly confused when they asked the date I had become diabetic? I said, "I'm not diabetic yet but I'll be a type one on this date." It was a fun conversation trying to convince someone that I knew I was about to become diabetic on this specific date.

    No...it isn't easy. I go septic once or twice a year but I continue to make people smile by keeping my attitude up and locating sites like this. What a great treat. I've also started my own blog and I hope to connect more with all of you. Thanks for your support and encouragement. annamarieibrahim.com
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