Diabetes Advocacy

Under the Influence

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 29, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

My parents made me check my blood sugar before getting behind the wheel when I was a teenager. If I wanted the keys, I had to be responsible without fail, and I had their trust unless I broke the rules. No exceptions. No excuses. I started driving in 1995, so my means for blood sugar checks were limited to a…

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Wouldn’t It Be Great?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes By March 11, 2019 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Poking around in that box that’s been hiding in every iteration of “home” for the better part of a decade, I found another writing sample from what looks like third grade. (No date on the piece of paper, but third grade is where we learned cursive, so this is either the end of third grade/fourth grade time of my life….

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Oh Mickey, You’re So Fine

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By February 22, 2019 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

With a (semi-organized) stash of yarn and a growing list of crochet projects for friends and family always in development, I have a soft spot for fellow PWD crafters. This week, I saw a post from Becky Thomson roll by in my Facebook feed and I stopped, because she was making awesome mouse ears to help fund her travel to…

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With My Whole Heart (and What’s Left of My Pancreas)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 8, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 67 Comments

When I was a lot younger, I thought about my 40th birthday as so far in the future and potentially scary. I didn’t know how I would feel. I didn’t know if I’d still be healthy. I didn’t know if I would be happy. Also, what the hell middle aged?! Today is my birthday. I’m turning 40. I feel pretty…

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You’re Just My Type: Photography, Advocacy, and T1D

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 21, 2019 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

There have been a lot of personal profiles and interviews on SUM this month, because I’m finally making good on my resolution to spotlight more amazing PWD. Today, I’m checking in with Laura Pavlakovich from You’re Just My Type about photography, advocacy, and type 1 diabetes. Kerri:  Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today, Laura! Can you please…

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Diabetics Doing Things: Talking with Rob Howe

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By January 14, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

We met for the first time about two years ago at a JDRF TypeOneNation in Dallas, and over the last few years, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the community that Rob Howe is building through his podcast, Diabetics Doing Things.  Today, Rob is visiting SixUntilMe to share his diabetes diagnosis, how he ended up starting a podcast, and a curious little…

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“You shed de esh word.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Insulin, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I’m from a very big family – my mother is one of seven and my dad is one of five, for starters – so I had plenty of relatives who used to babysit for me when I was small.  Overnight visits at my aunts’ houses were part of the fun, and I always looked forward to them.  (Because – let’s…

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Free Shower

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

  I love free showers. They are rare bird moments, but pulling off due-to-be changed pump infusion sets and ratty CGM sensors, then stepping into a hot shower and being able to scrub skin with reckless abandon is AMAZING. Free showers.  See also:  yaaaaaas. You might also like: Free Shower. Free Shower. Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass….

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FTF Warrior: An Interview with Matt Vande Vegte

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By January 8, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Instagram introduced me to Matt and his FTF Warrior team, and I’ve been following along on their journey via social media since. We met in person at the TCOYD ONE in San Diego a few months ago, and having a chance to talk with Matt, his wife (and business partner) Lisa, his sister (also a T1D), and several other members…

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Diabetes Feeties

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications By January 7, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

The title of this post is terrible but I kept it because it rhymed. Don’t judge. Or, if you do judge, judge by way of rhyming couplet.* So I’ve had diabetes for 32 years. Which is a long ass time. (Long ass … weird visual.) It’s not so long that I’m paranoid, but long enough that I’m becoming aware. Like it’s…

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The Friday Six: Haven’t Done One in a While Edition

Diabetes Advocacy, The Friday Six By January 4, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It’s been a while since I did a Friday Six.  Which means I should do one.  Riiiiiiight … now. New content up at T1Everyday Magic – Sweet, Little Lies. This one is about the Blue Bin Incident, which is a story I often tell during presentations because it involves a slide with a big chocolate cupcake on it, and that’s…

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Diabetic Health Journal GIVEAWAY

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Products, Healthcare By December 17, 2018 Tags: , , , , 64 Comments

POST EDIT:  The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified.  Thanks!! Lauren Bongiorno is a virtual diabetic health coach, entrepreneur, and author of the Diabetic Health Journal. Lauren coaches and creates resources for people with type 1 diabetes all over the world to achieve optimal diabetes management and feel strong and empowered. Lauren’s practice is rooted in her…

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Advice for “Newbies”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 27, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

(This prompt was pulled from the #happydiabeticchallenge over on Instagram.  To check out that hashtag, click here.) I feel weird giving advice because even after 32 years of diabetes, I’m still trying to figure things out.  A lot of the time, I have “no eyed deer” what I doing. But the main thing that I keep circling back to is the…

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Diabetes Cost of Living

Diabetes Advocacy, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By November 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

It is humbling to look in the butter compartment of my fridge and see insulin.  It’s necessary.  And I’m grateful. The out of pocket cost is upwards of $380 per bottle without insurance, and making sure our family has insurance coverage is our biggest worry in regular rotation. When job situations look dicey, my first concern is insurance.  When there’s talk of storms…

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