Diabetes and Family

The One About Steel Magnolias

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By April 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

I remember sitting down to watch this movie, not knowing how it ended. “How scary can it be?  Julia Roberts has such a big laugh.  Mom likes Sally Field.  Diabetes in it, too?  That’s cool.  Let’s make some popcorn.” record scratch Narrator’s voice:  Yeah, that was me, around the age of 10.  I didn’t know anything about the movie Steel…

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That’s Not My Pancreas!

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Poetry, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 27, 2018 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

My home is awash with children’s books, and I keep making the diabetes versions in my head. It’s a hard habit to break. Which brings me to today’s post, a parody of the “That’s Not My …” series of books that have taken over the little Guy’s bookshelf.   This one is called “That’s Not My Pancreas!!”      …

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Hand Holding

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 31, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

In the course of my experiences as an advocate for diabetes, I’ve had people ask me what my parents did to help me become a well-adjusted adult with diabetes. And after I stop laughing at the clearly loose definition of the phrase “well-adjusted,” I realize that I have the support of my friends and family to thank for my diabetes…

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“Instead of mints, we’d get glucose tabs.”

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 29, 2018 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

BEEP!  BEEP!  BEEP! “Mom, is your blood sugar low?” I checked my pump and saw the Dexcom low alarm flagging me at 64 mg/dL and dropping.  “Yeah, I am.” “But we just had breakfast?”  My daughter knows that I take insulin for the food I eat, and couldn’t reconcile why I’d be low after breakfast. “We did, but I forgot to…

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Silent Night

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Poetry By December 19, 2017 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

I read a post on Facebook this morning about a mom who spent a few hours by her kid’s bedside, monitoring a low blood sugar and keeping the snacks at the ready.  I thought about my own mom, who carried the bulk of the diabetes burden so that I didn’t have to, and how life felt normal because she made…

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Do You Hate Diabetes?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support By October 11, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

I asked some friends on Facebook if they hated diabetes, and the answers* were as varied as the folks responding: “I hate it, the hassle, and the complications but I do not hate the growth amd strength I’ve achieved or the family I’ve gained because of it.” “I don’t hate it as a thing but it does annoy me. At…

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Guest Post: Until Next Time, FFL.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support By October 9, 2017 Tags: , , 1 Comment

Leigh Fickling was at the Friends for Life event this past weekend in Falls Church, VA and this morning, she posted about the power of FFL and of the green or orange bracelets given out to attendees on her Facebook page.  I asked if I could share her post on SUM, and she was kind enough to say yes. Take…

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A Sobering Experience

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By September 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

“Do you mind ringing out this orange juice first?”  I asked the lady who was working the cash register. “No problem,” and she went bip with the scanner against the bottle’s bar code while my Dexcom screamed BEEP BEEP BEEP! from my phone. I opened the bottle and downed the majority of it in one, open-throated gulp.  My son, strapped into…

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Thirty One Years with Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 11, 2017 Tags: , , , 7 Comments

When my diabetes marked it’s 25th birthday, I wrote a bulleted of stuff I’ve learned since diagnosis.  Another handful of years later, most of that list still holds up, with a few tweaks: Sometimes I can’t believe this is still A Thing.  That diabetes is still a thing that requires attention, work, and patience.  I used to believe in the…

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In Sickness and in Health: My Partner Has Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 9, 2017 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

A week or two ago, I received a message from a reader asking about the influence diabetes has on my marriage.  I took to Facebook to get some broader feedback, but the question forced me to drop into the weeds to see how my diabetes touches my marriage.  This will be part one of a two part post, with today’s…

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