3/03/09 ~ Father and Son, Robert and Greg Bauer Living with Diabetes.

Diabetes Living Today® radio program, provides listeners with education, inspiration and motivation to live healthy and well with diabetes.  Whether you have diabetes or know someone who does Diabetes Living Today® radio program offers experience, insight, education and tips to manage life with diabetes.  Through interviews, including “World Class” Research Scientist, physicians and people living with diabetes, living well tips and questions from the listening audience, host Kitty Castellini and Endocrinologist Dr. Joseph J. Fallon, Jr. are there every step of the way to offer guidance, advice, and most of all, support.

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Father and Son, Robert and Greg Bauer who are living with diabetes.  A fascinating story of how a father and his son started insulin pump therapy together.

Greg Bauer

 

 

Greg Bauer is a 34 year old sales representative who works for a Bio-Pharmaceutical company covering Philadelphia and Southern Jersey; his sales focus is on diabetes management.  He has been working in the Diabetes industry for 5 years.  He began his career selling insulin pumps and then moved to Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. who market two medications that help treat both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  It was not by chance that Greg found himself working in the Diabetes industry; it was a choice he made.  Greg has a special intertest in helping people with Diabetes; he has had Type 1 for over 20 years.

He remembers the day that he was diagnosed like it was yesterday.  “I had all of the classic symptoms of the disease: unquenching thirst, frequent urination, lack of energy and losing weight.  I remember asking my Dad if something was wrong with me.”  He said, “Why do you ask?”  I told him, “I LOVED WATER and could not get enough of it.”  My Dad didn’t know how to respond so to be on the safe side he scheduled an appointment with my family doctor.  When they tested my blood glucose it read “HIGH”.  We were sitting in my doctor’s office when he told me that I had Diabetes; I remember thinking that I was going to die!  Needless to say my life changed forever on June 7, 1988.

Growing up with a disease like Diabetes presented a number of challenges for me and family.  For example, low blood glucose, high blood glucose, trips to the hospital, poor control, better control, and now great control – last 4 A1C’s under 6.5!  Throughout my 20 years of living this disease I have experienced it all, the highs of success and blood glucose, the lows and severe hypoglycemia.

When people discover that I have Diabetes the typical response is, “I feel bad for you or that stinks.”  My response is always the same, “I feel fortunate that I have a manageable disease, that does take a lot of discipline, but that’s fine with me.”   There are so many other unmanageable diseases that are killing people everyday.  I was told that I would be able to live a “normal” life; that helped me keep focus.

Most importantly, I truly believe that we are all dealt a hand in life; what you choose to do with that hand is up to the individual person.  Diabetes was one of the cards that were dealt to me; with the help of my support system of family and friends, I am able to manage the ups and downs of the disease to live a normal life. I currently live in West Chester, Pennsylvania with my wife, Valerie, and our dog, Hana.  We enjoy traveling and spending time with our family and friends.

Robert F. Bauer

 

 

Bob Bauer is a 70 year old who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1992, at age 53.  He had knowledge about the disease because his youngest son, Greg, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a few years earlier, in 1988.

Bob works full-time for an energy management company that offers billing services for water, gas, and electricity usage to residential apartments and condominiums, office buildings, and industrial sites.

Bob is a brittle diabetic.  Even with good body weight, good nutrition, exercise, checking blood glucose 5 to 9 times a day, and wearing an insulin pump, his good A1Cs are 7.1.

And his Diabetes Educator and his Endocrinologist tell him that aiming for a lower A1C would not be a good idea because his number of lows would increase and that would be dangerous.  Prior to the pump and a good Diabetes Educator his A1Cs were in the 8 range.

He attributes his Diabetes Educator and his son Greg for helping him manage his diabetes more successfully.

Photo Above: Greg & Robert F. Bauer

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3/03/09 ~ Father and Son, Robert and Greg Bauer Living with Diabetes.