Diabetes Community

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: , , , , , 63 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…

Share:

YouTube, Diabetes, and &: An Interview with Diabetic Danica

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By February 4, 2019 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Some people are just nice, and then you find out they also have diabetes and becomes a happy moment of “YES!!!” This is what meeting Danica, aka Diabetic Danica, is like. She’s kind, easy to talk to, and just happens to have amazing hair.  Oh, and diabetes. She’s been creating videos that showcase her upbeat, positive take on diabetes since 2011,…

Share:

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

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 21, 2019 Tags: , , , 2 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…

Share:

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…

Share:

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…

Share:

Goals

Diabetes Community By January 2, 2019 Tags: , , 5 Comments

Kicked off the work year by spotting a fellow pumper in the coffee shop.  His tubing was sticking out of his pocket, all casual, nothing-to-see-here except for being a beacon for instant connection with another funky pancreas. We compared diagnoses (“Six years ago, pumping for two years,” he said. “Thirty two years ago, pumping for 14 years,” I said.), compared…

Share:

Podcast: Dads and Diabetes

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By December 6, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

New podcasts keep popping up all over the place, and the diabetes world is no exception.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across several that I’ll be highlighting here, starting today with the Dads and Diabetes podcast.  Mark and Alan, the podcast co-hosts, join me today for an informal interview.  (All my interviews are informal.  🙂 ) Kerri:  Thanks…

Share:

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…

Share:

Wait, Pump the Brakes …

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Videos By November 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

My daughter, running commentary on an episode of Sesame Street that her brother is watching: “Who is that guy?” “ Nick Jonas. He has diabetes, just like mom does.” “Yeah?” “Yeah.” She pauses for a long time, then: “He’s surprisingly into shapes.” You might also like: Pump Peelz Gift Card Winners! Pump Peelz Giveaway: Now with More Superheroes! Pump Peelz Giveaway…

Share:

Non-Billable Hours: Purse Party

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Relationships By November 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

It’s Diabetes Month – have you heard?  There will be a ton of diabetes-related news circulating; you’ll see diabetes in the headlines and on the news.  Diabetes is, dare I say? so fetch this month. Discussions about diabetes often seem limited, at least in the broader public forum, about blood sugars, weight gain or loss, and diet.  Admittedly, a lot…

Share:

Blue Lagoonabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By October 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

We made plans to go to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before we had left for our trip, so I knew I’d be a little bit jet-lagged and a little bit moody about missing the kids, but I was excited to see this “wonder of the world,” where geothermal hot springs pool to create a steamy, cyan-colored bath. When you…

Share: