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August 2013

On Being An Athlete.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes August 19, 2013 18 Comments

If this was college, and it was the night before the paper was due, I’d grab a dictionary and start feverishly typing the following:  “Webster’s dictionary defines ‘athlete’ as ‘a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.  Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein to contend for…



Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy August 16, 2013 3 Comments

I test my blood sugars between 8 – 15 times per day, depending on trends, travel, exercise, food, and other variables.  I correct highs.  I treat lows.  I make a lot of decisions based on these numbers, and it scares the hell out of me to think that they might not be right. Food for thought.


Strip Safely: Managing Expectations.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes August 14, 2013 6 Comments

I didn’t expect my pancreas to stop producing insulin.  That was a monkey wrench tossed into my life just before starting second grade, leaving my childhood intact, but including synthetic insulin.  Since my diagnosis, I’ve been managing expectations.  Will I be able to graduate high school?  (Yes.)  Will I be able to make friends, have fun, find love?  (Yes.)  Will…


FFL: Social Media as Part of the Prescription.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes August 13, 2013 3 Comments

At Friends for Life this  year, there was a special panel discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Moderated by members of the diabetes online community, the panelists included: Korey Hood, PhD – Associate Clinical Professor…


Breathing Room.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes August 6, 2013 3 Comments

Outside of this blog, I don’t do a lot of talking about diabetes.  When I’m at the beach with my daughter and my friends, or hanging out with my husband, it’s not diabetes-talk all the time.  It’s not: “Yeah, let’s definitely check out that movie!  My blood sugar is 93 mg/dL.” “Do you want to go to dinner at 7.30…


Despite Insulin …

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes August 1, 2013 9 Comments

The Sparling household has reached a frenzied pitch of stress this week, with a big project for me reaching the finish line simultaneously as a big project for my husband begins.  Overall, we manage our family circus (… could Billy ever get anywhere without leaving a trail of dashes in his wake?  Gross.) without stepping into the ‘unhealthy’ zone, but…