Diabetes Advocacy

Great Job! Stellar! You’re a Star!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes March 16, 2018 6 Comments

Man, all of this.  The big mountain that is “the healthcare system?”  That thing seems gigantic. But small changes make a big difference.  I think about the stickers I used to get on my school papers back in grade school.  The happy, bright yellow star grinning its toothless grin at me, delighted by my spelling homework.  It seems goofy to…


An Interview with Chronically Healthy

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diet and Food, Exercise & Fitness February 28, 2018 No Comments

I met Emily Davis and Sarah Steinmetz of Chronically Healthy at a JDRF TypeOneNation last November, and their mission to help people with diabetes, and also folks living with other chronic illnesses, find peace and good health despite health challenges.  They focus on the intersection between holistic modalities and conventional medicine. I really enjoyed talking with them both and wanted…


A Bad Case: Making Diabetes a Laughing Matter

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes February 26, 2018 No Comments

There’s a new comedy series about diabetes coming to a screen near you, and the project is shepherded by a familiar face:  Erin Spineto of Sea Peptide Productions, self-proclaimed “type 1 diabetic, sailor and triathlete.”  Erin is tackling diabetes advocacy through a comedic lens, and today she’s answering a few questions about her new project, A Bad Case. Kerri:  Last…


One Good Turn

Diabetes Advocacy February 8, 2018 3 Comments

Today is my birthday, and I’m hoping if you’re reading this entry, you know that my goal has been to make a difference for people with diabetes.  My pancreas tapped out, but a mission tapped in, and I’m trying to do more good. In keeping with that hopeful theme of doing more good, I’d like to ask that you consider…


Spare a Rose 2018

Diabetes Advocacy February 1, 2018 2 Comments

Today kicks off the 2018 Spare a Rose campaign, and I’m revisiting a post from 2015 because it illustrates why we should, and how easy it can be to, make a difference. *   *   * “Mom, what is that rose?” she asked as colored at the kitchen table. “It is part of a thing I’m working on that…


Seven Versions of One Low Blood Sugar

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships January 23, 2018 13 Comments

SCENARIO:  A blood sugar of 53 mg/dL caused me to wake up at 2 am, drink a juice box, and stay awake until 2.30 am waiting for my blood sugar to rise. DESCRIBING TO MY FRIEND:  “Yeah, sometimes diabetes is a thing at night.  I had a low last night that woke me up around 2 am, but that’s why…


A Response from ADA

Diabetes Advocacy January 22, 2018 15 Comments

Last Friday, I received a phone call from Michelle Kirkwood, Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Media Relations at the American Diabetes Association.  We had a candid discussion about the email that was sent out last week from the ADA with the subject line “Cause of death:  Diabetes“.  I shared my concerns with Michelle about the doom and despair approach, and we…


The Gray Area

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes January 18, 2018 7 Comments

“Diabetes makes you a hero!  You’re pinch-hitting for a busted pancreas, and you’re kicking ass!  Nothing can stop you!  Climb mountains, run marathons, compete, destroy threats, take no prisoners!  The world is your oyster, and even with a busted pancreas, you remain the pearl!” We see that.  Or we hear … “Diabetes will eat you alive.  Busted pancreas is only…


Designing for Diabetes: An Interview with Natalie Balmain

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes January 16, 2018 1 Comment

Natalie Balmain is a fashion designer from England, and the creative force behind Type 1 Clothing. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 20, and this was ultimately her inspiration behind her debut line, designed to help people manage their multiple daily injections more easily and wear insulin pumps more comfortably. Natalie has raised money for…


You Know What Doesn’t Suck?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships January 12, 2018 14 Comments

Bring me your diabetes happies, your small victories, your moments of joy!  What does diabetes bring to your life that doesn’t suck? You know what doesn’t suck?  Being tuned into my body.  I pay close attention to my physical and mental health because diabetes forces me to, but I consider that a good thing.  I see my healthcare team often….