Diabetes Memories

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 September 11, 2017 6 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…


Diabetes Pregnancy: Now and Then, Part Two.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy June 15, 2017 4 Comments

Welcome to the continuation of Laddie’s pregnancy story, showing what pregnancy with type 1 diabetes was like back in 1979 and 1982.  Today is a continuation of her story, with details about her sons’ births, the cost of care, and how diabetes did, and didn’t, play a role in bringing her sons into the world. For more about Laddie’s life…


Looking Back: Diabetes Back in the Day.

Diabetes Memories, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes April 18, 2016 2 Comments

This week is school vacation week for Birdzone, which means there’s plenty of Bird-watching and not a whole lot of inbox-management.  (Unless it’s after midnight … which is when all work-from-home happens … that’s normal, right?  So are these bags under my eyes, right?)  Which means that I might be re-visiting a few posts here and there.  Starting with today, and…


Ten Things About Things.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes February 17, 2016 6 Comments

I do really hate those “Ten Things About Things” sort of posts, but in this case, I’ve screwed it up even more by intending to write a list of ten things, then realized I only included nine things. Whoops. This spring will mark eleven years of sharing my diabetes story on the Internet, and over the course of the last…


Looking Back: Cleaning Crews.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Memories February 15, 2016 4 Comments

It’s weird to see that posts from 2011 are still relevant to how my diabetes behaves today.  See also:  when my blood sugar is tumbling, sometimes the dishes become a priority over a fistful of jellybeans.  Today, I’m looking back at a post from 2011 discussing that exact phenomenon, the urge to become a one-woman cleaning crew when under 65…


Diabetes Blog Week: Kicking It to the Curb.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes May 13, 2015 14 Comments

When I was first hospitalized upon diagnosis, I spent two weeks in-patient learning the new and tangled ropes of type 1 diabetes with my parents.  My hospital roommate was a kid named Eddie, who had been bitten by a spider.  The other source of comfort was Kitty. This grubby thing has been with me since the beginning.  My mom and…


Turning Ten.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes May 4, 2015 27 Comments

I’ve written ten years of content here at this blog, and today marks the beginning of an eleventh year.  Ten years is a frigging long time.  When I started blogging, I was 25 years old and living in a one bedroom apartment in southern Rhode Island with Abby the Cat and a newly-minted Siah Sausage, starting my relationship with Chris…