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November 2013

So Much of the Thanks.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful. Thankful for two, daft gray cats who rotate around this house instigating trouble, but who happily curl up on the couch with us at night.   For job opportunities that fill my life with meaning.  For family and family.  For the husband who tolerates, with amazing patience, all of me.  For the all-in hugs…

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Talking About Diabetes Burnout.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

Diabetes is every day, but burnout doesn’t have to be.   You might also like: Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday. Type 1 Origins: Talking Comic Books with Partha Kar. Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters. These Boots Were Made For Talking.

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Guest Blog: Getting Diabetes Organized for the Holidays.

Diabetes Products, Diet and Food, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By November 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , 46 Comments

Here in the States, Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and the rest of the winter holidays are fast approaching.  And with those holidays usually comes a hearty dose of disorganization alongside all the fun.  Susan Weiner is a registered dietitian-nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She is the co-author of The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less…

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HCPs and the DOC.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By November 21, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 17 Comments

My type 1 diabetes is managed on a day-to-day basis by me.  I do my blood sugar checks, I make insulin decisions that correlate with the food I’m eating or the exercise I’m doing.  I have decided to make an insulin pump, a glucose meter, and a continuous glucose monitor part of my diabetes technology arsenal. My endocrinologist helps manage…

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Maelstrom Mashup.

Real Life Diabetes, The Friday Six By November 20, 2013 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

I can’t figure out why it’s spelled T-O-R-O-N-T-O but I pronounce it as “Toronno.”  I do not have a lazy mouth.  I speak reasonably clearly.  Why is my tongue tangled on this word? See also:  wadder : water I wander onto this site last night and it is so aptly named:  The Happiest Place on the Internet.  Once I was…

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Stigmatized Secrets.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 34 Comments

I’ve spent the last few weeks keeping watch on the My Diabetes Secrets Tumblr account (a version of Diabetes PostSecret – more here) and these two submissions keep leaping out at me: The submissions as stand-alone pieces make me feel like I’m trying to shove limitless emotions into a Ziploc bag, but what kills me is that these were submitted…

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On Paper.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

“So you write a blog about diabetes?  Don’t you run out of things to write about?” A really nice lady at the JDRF event past weekend posed this question to me. There’s always something, some bit of minutiae to choose to chronicle.  Maybe the blood sugar of 70 mg/dL coupled with a southeasterly Dexcom arrow that woke me up at…

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Another #DayOfDiabetes, Twitter-Style.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

For World Diabetes Day yesterday, I attempted to participate in another round of #dayofdiabetes, using Twitter to log the different nuances of a day with type 1 diabetes.  It was a tougher day than normal, Internet-wise, because I spent the morning in the plane and the rest of the afternoon with very limited access to Wifi, but it was World…

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World Diabetes Day 2013.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 14, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 21 Comments

“You have diabetes  You seem fine.” “I am fine.” Diabetes makes me walk the precarious fine line Between “I’m sick” and “I’m not” and the whole in-between That makes diabetes invisible, and yet so seen. “Needles?  Every day?  I could never,” You could.  And you would, and you’d do it forever If that’s what kept you from good life or…

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Cupcakes for PWD? Yes. No. MAYBE.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By November 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

It’s not a matter of can, but more a matter of should.  I’ve written a column over at A Sweet Life about the cupcake conundrum: “People with diabetes can eat anything,”  ”they” say. Yes, yes they can.  They can physically bring a food item to their mouth and consume it.  This is true.  It’s not a matter of “can’t,” but…

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