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May 2017

Guest Post: A Note to My Newly-Diagnosed Self

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By May 30, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Today, thanks to a very generous reader named Cathy Fisher, I’m able to host a guest post about being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult in the form of a letter from Cathy, to her newly-diagnosed self.  Cathy was diagnosed November of 2003 at age 18, in her first semester of college. At the time, she was the first diabetic she knew. She…

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Guest Post: What FFL Was Like as a First Timer.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 26, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Wondering what it’s like to be surrounded by thousands of people affected by diabetes?  Today, my fellow Friends for Life faculty member and longtime family friend, Scott Johnson, takes over SUM to share his experience as a first-timer at FFL back in 2010.   Scott was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in 1980 and has been blogging about his…

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Bright Spots & Landmines: An Interview with Adam Brown

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 23, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Adam Brown has written a new – TERRIFIC – book for the diabetes community, full of the same brilliant, actionable advice that we’ve come to happily expect from his diaTribe columns.  His book, Bright Spots & Landmines, is billed as “the diabetes guide I wish someone had handed me,” and that sentiment is absolutely correct.  This book is a powerful tool that people living…

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DBlogWeek 2017: The Cost of Chronic Illness.

Uncategorized By May 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

Diabetes Blog Week prompt for Tuesday:  Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly. Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage. So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care. Do you have advice to share? For those outside the US, is cost a concern?…

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DBlogWeek 2017: Diabetes and The Unexpected.

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By May 15, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Diabetes Blog Week prompt for Monday: Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random.  What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens?  Or, take this topic another way and tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your, or your loved one’s, life…

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“Don’t you all know each other?”

Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By May 11, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, we were in Venice and I almost walked right into the canal because I saw a lady with an insulin pump on her waist and a CGM sensor on her arm, speaking Italian to the shopkeeper and casually wearing her pancreas on her hip. The flurried rush of emotions – excitement, understanding, the urge to shout “one…

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What to Work On.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes and Emotions, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 9, 2017 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

I’ve gotten lazy in my diabetes management.  And I’m not proud of it.  My recent A1C result was still in my goal range but not where it was a few months ago, and I’d love to return to that level of control.  Thing is, I’ve gone soft when it comes to following through on my daily diabetes duties. Yeah.  I’m…

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Twelve Years Old.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By May 4, 2017 6 Comments

My blog turns twelve years old today. Twelve years ago, I was a twentysomething mess wondering if I was the only PWD who wanted to connect with other like-pancreased people.  Twelve years later, I’m a thirtysomething mess who has found her peers and benefitted from those connections in ways that far surpass any drop in A1C. Grateful doesn’t even begin…

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The Eyeball Situation Becomes Diabetes-Related.

Healthcare By May 3, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

The initial cause:  a rogue fingernail attached to a cute baby The recurring issue:  repeated corneal tearing The reason for the repeats:  diabetes The original eyeball issue came up seven years ago, when Birdy was about nine months old and she unwittingly scraped her thumbnail against my right eye, ripping off a small shred of my epithelium layer.  This was pretty…

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