According to the ADA (and my doctor), Type 1 diabetes is classified as such: In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.
according to the JDRF, even though i have permanent destruction of insulin producing beta cells of my pancreas, and i no longer produce insulin, i am not type 1 because my diabetes was not caused by an autoimmune disease (I am an OTHER). my c-peptide is non-existent, but that’s still not good enough.
i’m beginning to feel very second class and bullied because of that damn word “autoimmune”. i feel like i’m in high school again with this way of thinking. “oh don’t talk to her, she’s not autoimmune” “she’s not one of us!”, adults get type 1 too, not just children. and even us “Others” are not treated withe respect.
my diabetes will never be cured. whether a cure is found or not. the only hope for me is when my kidneys finally give out i have a pancreas transplant along with my kidneys.
but even then the JDRF won’t consider me good enough to be “one of them”.