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May 2015

Diabetes Blog Week (Late): Mantra Me.

Uncategorized By May 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

I missed the end of Diabetes Blog Week, but I loved the prompts and still have ideas trickling in here and there.  So better late than never! I don’t like catch phrases.  (Forgiiiiiiiive me, especially since I just used a trite turn of phrase up there with the whole “better late than never” thing.  Turn the other cheek, please.)  I…

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The Friday Six: Catching Up.

The Friday Six, Traveling By May 22, 2015 3 Comments

Hi!  I still write here.  I write a blog about things here.  This is my things blog, with diabetes stuff and other times not so much diabetes stuff.  Welcome to it.  (My brain is not entirely tuned in this morning.  Working on it.)  Coffee is helping, but it may take a few days to kick in. Yesterday was a long…

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Diabetes on the Red Carpet … Ish.

Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By May 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 22 Comments

For Chris’s Sea of Trees premiere this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, diabetes was almost the furthest thing from my mind because we were so damn excited about the event. Diabetes came into play for a brief moment when I was looking for a dress. I tried to adopt a “dress first, diabetes second” philosophy, picking a dress…

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Diabetes Blog Week: Kicking It to the Curb.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 14 Comments

When I was first hospitalized upon diagnosis, I spent two weeks in-patient learning the new and tangled ropes of type 1 diabetes with my parents.  My hospital roommate was a kid named Eddie, who had been bitten by a spider.  The other source of comfort was Kitty. This grubby thing has been with me since the beginning.  My mom and…

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Diabetes Blog Week: The Quiet Parts.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships, Robot Life By May 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

Feels weird, and slightly ironic, starting a blog post about the diabetes-related things I don’t share here on the diabetes blog I’ve written here on the open Internet about my personal experiences with the disease.  It’s been ten years of this – the idea that there’s crap I don’t talk about might seem like a big fat lie. But there…

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Diabetes Blog Week: I Can.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support By May 11, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 14 Comments

Decades ago, my body did whatever it did to reroute the purpose of my pancreas, and left me with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at the age of seven. As a result, I can’t make insulin. Diabetes was presented as a series of “You can’ts” to me, back in 1986.  You can’t eat that, you can’t do that, you…

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Changing Behavior.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community By May 8, 2015 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

This week, I saw a Tweet from Close Concerns President Kelly Close about the idea of behavior and “behavior change,” which sparked some conversation on Twitter (and woke up the bats in my head): Hey people w/diabetes! Doing a bit of work for an @AmDiabetesAssn talk – what do “behavior” + “behavior change” mean to people w/ #diabetes? — kelly…

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A Look at Diabetes Blog Week, With Karen!

Diabetes Online Community By May 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 4 Comments

Karen Graffeo is a talented knitter, devoted cat owner, and tireless advocate for diabetes, and I am so proud to call her a friend.  Six years ago, she launched the first Diabetes Blog Week, an effort that serves to expand the diabetes online community and embrace the beauty of diversity of voices.  Today, Karen is sharing some of the how’s…

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Turning Ten.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 4, 2015 27 Comments

I’ve written ten years of content here at this blog, and today marks the beginning of an eleventh year.  Ten years is a frigging long time.  When I started blogging, I was 25 years old and living in a one bedroom apartment in southern Rhode Island with Abby the Cat and a newly-minted Siah Sausage, starting my relationship with Chris…

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