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July 2013

Friends for Life Frenzy.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By July 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

Bringing Birdy to the Friends for Life conference was awesome, because I was finally able to introduce my bonkers Birdzone to my friends in the diabetes community.  (And by “finally,” I mean in a way that counted.  When I brought Birdy to the conference when she was two months old, it barely counts, because she was more in the “burping…

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My Little Orange Bracelet.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By July 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 15 Comments

At the Friends for Life conference, people who are living with type 1 diabetes wear bright green bracelets.  Green bracelet’ers are the people who know what my diabetes life is like, from the injections to the blood checks, from the guilt to the successes.  They get it. But the orange bracelets go on the wrists of the loved ones of…

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RIP, PTC.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Uncategorized By July 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , 20 Comments

Our cat, Prussia (known formally as Prussia the Cat, or PTC) had been ailing for a few months.  And over the last week, her decline was fast. “She looks really skinny.  And her breathing is labored.  Also, I think she peed on the floor over there.  She’s definitely getting much sicker.  We should bring her to the vet.” But Prussia…

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Looking Back: PWD in the Wild.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By July 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

As the ladies of Team Sparling prepare for our trip to Orlando for the Friends for Life conference, I’m looking back at a moment from last November, when my friend Renza and I were spotted as “PWD in the wild.”  *   *   * We were sitting at the coffee shop having a really nice Melbourne cappuccino (they make the best…

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Redefining “Diet.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Videos, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By July 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

The concept of “diet” has been defined and redefined by diabetes throughout the years – is “diet” just tied to blood sugar?  Just tied to weight?  Can “diet” be healthy and consistent?  Why is my relationship with food so complicated by diabetes? Yeah, there’s a video to follow.  Here it is, talking about the fact that diabetes has made me…

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Diaries of a Diabetic Girl.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By July 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 16 Comments

The last time I cracked the binding on these journals was back in 2009, when I was cleaning out the apartment I was living in at the time.  I happened upon them again last night, while searching for something in the attic.  (I never found what I was looking for up there, but I did come down with a bunch…

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You Want to Try Again?

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes By July 2, 2013 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

“You want to try again?” “Yep.” http://youtu.be/KxRadetesYU   (Thanks for your comments and emails yesterday.  The support found in these kinds of patient communities help so many of us to keep trying … again and again and again.  Thanks for what you’ve done for me, and what you do for so many.  Now go outside and roll down a hill,…

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Complicated.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Real Life Diabetes By July 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 109 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with macular edema. It’s a complication you can’t see, one that I can’t see until I can’t see.  Sophisticated computer equipment and  camera technology have afforded me the opportunity to find out early, giving me the chance to track this issue closely and opt for aggressive treatment options (laser surgery, medicated eye drops,…

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