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I have rectified the aforementioned problem by introducing my pump to the entire office at this morning's all-staff meeting. I just said that I know people have had questions and, so, rather than repeat myself to each concern (which was getting quite stressful) I thought it best to just present it to the group.

I introduced several issues I knew to be of concern: I went through how the pump works, the various types of diabetes, the misconception that people have, like: somehow people with diabetes cause their own illness and that treatment starts with diet, then if it's really bad you go on needles and then if it's really really bad you end up on a pump. I relayed that the truth is there are various regimes for various types of diabetes and that everyone is different. I told them that I do not manage by diet, but rather I have an insulin to carb ration that tells me for every gram of carbohydrate I eat I know I take X amount of insulin to keep my blood sugar under control. I said that managing this way meant I could eat whatever I wanted, included candy and treats.

Finally, I told people I realized that their concerns come from a good place and I wasn't blaming people, because I realize there is a big public information gap regarding diabetes.

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