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Our parent’s, my middle brother & I both were dx. as children, let us pick out a few pieces to keep and then bought the rest from us. Minus the special, made just for us treats that some of our neighbors made. One of the joys of growing up in a rural small town in the 70’s & 80’s.
I was dx at 15 so I have some fond memories of walking for miles then eating all I could hold. The good old days now it would 1 piece max!
My parents would go around to certain houses and give them sugar free candies to give to only me whenever I showed up, so that I could keep my candies and I wouldn’t feel left out.
I was diagnosed in 1945 when I was 6. My family lived on a small farm and we did not have neighbors nearby. I never did trick or treating while growing up. Did kids do that back then?
I chose “other” because I was diagnosed at 18 years old. I realize now that I was lucky to have those carefree, candy-eating years. I love the stories of sweet neighbors making special treats though!
I was given sugar free candy and gum, plus a small toy to swap out my candy. I went trick or treating with my family and friends growing up.
For the first few years my parents let me pick a couple favorites to keep for special occasions or for when I had a low blood sugar. Otherwise I traded my candy for money (a nickel per piece of candy, I think) and then my dad would take me to the toy store.
Heidi Kay Williams
My brother was 5 years younger than me. As a young teenager I would trade my candy for him to do chores for me – like I’d sell him 4 snickers to unload the dishwasher. I did keep the Reece’s all to myself.
I was diagnosed in 1972 at the age of ten. My doctor advised my mom that in order to keep me from rebelling and feeling resentment over being a diabetic, it would be best to let me eat what other kids do, but to keep me active, and of course don’t allow me to gorge myself on sweets or any other junk food.
When I was 7years old I was diagnosed pre diabetic the doctor told my mom to reduce my suger down to very little but she would let me eat my halloween candy but if I ate to much it would make me sick so I typed to eat very little on my own now being T1D and an adult I eat very little candy but to bring up a low
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I was Dx at 24 !