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April 2016

Looking Back: Rules of Love.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By April 29, 2016 1 Comment

Today, in response to spending the day fighting traffic for yet another installment of “how long will I be in the waiting room?” at the doctor’s office, I’m revisiting a post from 2012 about love, PWDs, and permission.  It still blows my mind that this book was published, and I remain appreciative of how far we’ve come. See also:  eff…

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Guest Post: Peer Support, and Mending a Broken Heart.

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Infertility and Pregnancy By April 27, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Anna Floreen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six, and she lives in the Boston area with her husband and their adorable puppy dog.  She’s currently working as the Community Outreach Manager for Glu and travels the country speaking at diabetes-related events.  A champion for diabetes camps and peer-to-peer support, Anna works tireless to build up the…

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Prebolusing the Sh*t Out of Things.

Diabetic Mommy, Diet and Food, Infertility and Pregnancy, Insulin, Pumping Insulin By April 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Now, at the halfway mark of my pregnancy, insulin resistance is becoming a bit of a thing, and is going to progress into an Actual Thing as the weeks go on, which happened last time and I’m prepared for but it still a bit whoa and this sentence is a run-on. Which means that basal rates are creeping up ever-so-slightly…

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Halfway Point.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By April 20, 2016 Tags: , 11 Comments

We’re a little over 20 weeks into this pregnancy, which means that I’m over halfway done baking (baking? brewing? percolating.) the new little Sparling.  The last twenty weeks have been busy: Doctors appointments.  There are many of these.  We started with the visits to the fertility clinic, where I had a lot of assessment visits and then, once we were…

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Looking Back: Diabetes Back in the Day.

Diabetes Memories, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 18, 2016 2 Comments

This week is school vacation week for Birdzone, which means there’s plenty of Bird-watching and not a whole lot of inbox-management.  (Unless it’s after midnight … which is when all work-from-home happens … that’s normal, right?  So are these bags under my eyes, right?)  Which means that I might be re-visiting a few posts here and there.  Starting with today, and…

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Guest Post: Diabetes at Work.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By April 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

When I asked folks in the DOC if they’d be willing to lend their voices and perspectives for a guest blog post, I was excited to hear from Susannah (aka @bessiebelle on Instagram and Twitter).  Susannah grew up in South Australia and is now working as a lawyer in Cambridge, in the UK.  She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes…

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Rasharoni.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By April 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

As this pregnancy continues on, so does the rapid rounding-out of my abdomen (today’s issue = not being able to zip my jacket without over-taxing the zipper). Feeling quite like Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Pluses to this expansion are that a. the pregnancy is progressing on schedule and b. the real estate options for my pump…

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5 Worst Things to Consume If You Have Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By April 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

Today is World Health Day and the focus is on diabetes.  Every media outlet in the world is picking up on this health story and twisting it just so, highlighting misconceptions aplenty and feeding the stigma about diabetes.  Messages get muddled and broken down into clickbait headlines that sometimes hurt our community more than they educate. Cueing all the “eat…

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Balancing Diabetes: Parenting with Diabetes.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 10 Comments

Back in March of 2014, my first book was published by Spry Publishing and it features a number of different voices from the diabetes community.  Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from Balancing Diabetes titled “Parenting with Diabetes,” which dives into the journey of parenting while managing diabetes, with perspectives from friends in the diabetes community.  Thanks to Spry and the diabetes community as…

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