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October 2014

Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass.

Diet and Food, Gluten Free By October 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 12 Comments

I’m five-ish weeks into a gluten-free life, and the waah waaaaaah is starting to wear off.  (I can’t pretend to be above the waaah.  Diabetes is such a food-anchored disease, and an additional restriction acts as an extra fun vacuum, sucking the fun out of meals even more.)  But I’m rounding a corner with this new (and admittedly self-imposed, but…


Guest Post: No Child Should Die of Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Exercise & Fitness, Guest Diabetes Blogger By October 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Veerle Vanhuyse is off and running … literally.  Verlee lives with type 1 diabetes and is running the NYC Marathon in a few weeks, aiming to raise awareness and funds for the IDF’s Life for a Child program.  Today, I’m proud to be hosting a post from Veerle about her marathon goals! *   *   * A quarter of a century…



Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By October 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , 19 Comments

BEEP!BEEP!BEEP! from the Dexcom receiver on the bedside table. I heard it beeping for a long time. Woke up with sweat pouring off my forehead and running down the side of my face, pooling up in my ears and in my collarbone.  The pillow was soaked.  My hair was soaked.  An outline of me underneath me, the line drawn with…


What Does the DOC Mean to You?

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized By October 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Two weeks ago, the #dsma chat was centered on the how and why of people’s participation in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), and after chat participants shared what brought them to the web for diabetes information, the last question of the night asked them what the DOC means to them. The answers created a quilt of community and comfort that…


What Influences Blood Sugar? (Hint: Everything.)

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By October 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

“So the food you eat makes your blood sugar go high, right? And the insulin makes it go lower?” I clearly remember asking this of my certified diabetes educator, way back in the day, as I was trying to make sense of the things that could influence my blood sugar. It wasn’t until I was a little bit older, with…


All About that Cure.

Diabetes Advocacy By October 6, 2014 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

Ever stumble upon an ear worm while you’re waiting in the airport?  For me, it’s usually something like “On the Wings of Love” that ends up embedded into my brain for hours on end (thank you, Mr. Osborne) but yesterday morning it was “All About that Bass.”  Except it was with a diabetes twist, thanks to a JDRF walk team…


“Do you wish you didn’t have diabetes?”

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support By October 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , 36 Comments

“Hang on two more seconds, kiddo.  I need to check my blood sugar before we go.” She watches me casually as she slides her arm through the sleeve of her sweatshirt. “Mom, do you wish you didn’t have diabetes?” She asks me this question all the time now.  While diabetes is not a secret in our house, it’s not a…


Diasend: Now With More CGM!?

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By October 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Is it a glitch?  A misfiring Internet tube?  A mistake that they haven’t realized yet and now I’m that jerk for pointing it out?  WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!! Dexcom data, now available for upload on Diasend.  I don’t know when this changed (last time I looked was over 18 months ago), but it’s working now.  Even here, deep in Rhode…


February Comes Fast.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By October 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Chris always sums up Spare a Rose in the same way:  “It’s so simple. So sticky. And so important.” Because it is. February is fast-approaching (Don’t act like you don’t know – it’s October today!  Time refuses to stand still.) and now is the time to start thinking about how you and your company can participate in the Spare a…