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Hobbies and Interests

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by JoeJOns, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. JoeJOns

    JoeJOns Type 1 · Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm looking to hear some of the positive things from your type 1 experience! What kind of hobbies and interests do you have and how does your diabetes affect or not affect these interests?

    Kind regards.
     
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  2. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Expert
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    Hi @JoeJOns ,

    I suppose the first thing I would ask are what are your hobbies & interests..?

    I have a veriaty. Sometimes, the diabetes has been "interesting" regarding the results? But not at any detriment regarding my ongoing enthusiasm for my pursuits...
     
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  3. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @JoeJOns,
    I fly and (try to) make kites.
    It is an all round activity as inclement weather leaves time to untangle kite lines and make or repair kites.
    And sunny or cloudy days with the right wind conditions allow time to fly and enjoy them.
    I have learnt to use a sewing machine, refresh my high school geometry lessons when drawing out kite designs, met lots of people with like minds and the relaxation when flying and the walking along the beach and the occasional run after a lost bit of kit blown along the beach all helps keep blood sugar under control.
    Kites is a past-time for all age groups and I love helping children and families to enjoy the past time with simple to make kites.
    It does have to be super expensive.
    Kite festivals are a great time to meet people from overseas and different cultures and to enjoy the spectacle, too.
    Best Wishes and enjoy the photos below.
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  4. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Sailing (diabetes takes some planning), reading (doesn't seem to affect my diabetes), sudden spontaneous fun things with friends (may need some funny foods to prevent hypo's when running tight when something comes up unexpectedly).
     
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  5. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @JoeJOns I suppose I just get on and live my life. Swim Training, gardening, walking and bird watching, cooking, looking after grandson and having as many holidays as we can afford. Diabetes comes along on this life with me and joins in. Sometimes it can throw in highs and lows, but I treat accordingly and continue on with what I am doing. I have my permanently packed kit bag ready to go anywhere at the drop of a hat, even to the corner shop. Then it doesn’t require much thought. The biggest is driving, but I make sure my levels are good well ahead of the need to drive so I am not held up at the last minute.
    It all makes me sound a bit of a goody goody, but I was always determined never to let it prevent me doing anything I wanted to.
    The big question is, have you some exciting hobbies in mind that you would like to try?
     
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  6. Kim Possible

    Kim Possible Type 1 · Expert

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    Like @becca59 I just get on with my life.
    I am pretty stubborn and determined not to let diabetes get in the way with what I want to do. Sometimes, it takes a bit more planning but diabetes has not stopped me with my hobbies whether that is walking (not just at home also trekking around the world from Nepal to India to Venezuela to Morocco and many places in between), climbing, running, cycling, baking (and eating) bread, travel, ...
    I have also taken my diabetes sailing, kayaking and sky diving.

    I just see diabetes a bit like the sun - I have to plan ahead for sun with lots of sunscreen and water. For diabetes I have to plan ahead with insulin and GlucoTabs.
     
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  7. MauroM

    MauroM Type 1 · Member

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    I enjoy swimming, recently discovered how fun it is to play football, like playing Magic (casually) and other nerdy hobbies. Soon I'll be taking part in a local football tournament and an open waters swimming event, both requiring planning for meals, testing (I intend to use a libre during the matches) and having a kit nearby for emergencies.
    Thanks to diabetes I also learned to enjoy reading about and studying complex topics (such as the workings of my body regarding insulin, etc.), as well as discussing them as a non-speciallist. Caring for oneself is not a hobby, of course, but sometimes I like to view it almost as such.
     
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