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Finish Line Vision: An Interview with Jay Hewitt

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes December 4, 2017 No Comments

I remember watching Jay Hewitt speak at a Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference several years ago thinking, “Why do people do Ironman triathlons? ¬†And also, if you do more than one, have they done Ironmans or Ironmen?” ¬†Grammar quandary aside*, Jay is a physical force to be reckoned with and he’s done the whole Ironman journey with diabetes…


Why We Revolt: An Interview with Dr. Victor Montori

Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes November 7, 2017 4 Comments

The founder of the Patient Revolution is Dr. Victor Montori, a leader in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic and an endocrinologist at Mayo. Dr. Montori is interested in how knowledge is produced, disseminated and taken up in practice ‚ÄĒ and how this leads to optimal health care delivery and patient outcomes. ¬†His book, Why We Revolt,…


Guest Post: Until Next Time, FFL.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support October 9, 2017 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…


Guest Post: Until Childhood Cancer is Extinct

Guest Diabetes Blogger, No Diabetes October 2, 2017 5 Comments

Kate Olivia Rhoades was a sweet and clever little bird who I never had the honor of meeting but we loved regardless of distance. ¬†She was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 26 months old. ¬†And when Kate died, we¬†mourned for the little girl whose smiled cracked the world right open. ¬†Since Kate’s death, I’ve watched my friend Lindsay advocate…


Guest Post: Giving Birth to Violet as a Woman with Type 1 Diabetes (Part 1)

Guest Diabetes Blogger July 20, 2017 4 Comments

Stories about moms with type 1 diabetes having babies warm my heart completely, mostly because they remind me of my kids’ birthdays but also because pregnancy and diabetes is hard work and deserves an extra WHOO HOOOO! at the end.¬† Today, fellow writer and T1D mama Ginger Vieira is borrowing SixUntilMe to share the story of the birth of her…


Guest Post: A Note to My Newly-Diagnosed Self

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes May 30, 2017 7 Comments

Today, thanks to¬†a very generous reader named¬†Cathy Fisher, I’m able to host a guest post about being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult¬†in the form of¬†a letter from Cathy, to her newly-diagnosed self.¬† Cathy was diagnosed¬†November of 2003 at age 18, in her first semester of college. At the time, she was the first diabetic she knew. She…


Guest Post: Peer Support, and Mending a Broken Heart.

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Infertility and Pregnancy April 27, 2016 9 Comments

Anna Floreen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six, and she lives in the Boston area with her husband and their adorable puppy dog. ¬†She‚Äôs currently working as the Community Outreach Manager for Glu¬†and travels the country speaking at diabetes-related events. ¬†A champion for diabetes camps and peer-to-peer support, Anna works tireless to build up the…


Guest Post: Diabetes at Work.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes April 13, 2016 14 Comments

When I asked folks in the DOC if they’d be willing to lend their voices and perspectives for a guest blog post, I was excited to hear from Susannah (aka @bessiebelle on Instagram and Twitter). ¬†Susannah grew up in South Australia and is now working as a lawyer in Cambridge, in the UK. ¬†She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes…


Guest Post: Taking Steps Towards Better.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger March 29, 2016 3 Comments

Emotional health can influence someone’s physical health, and after decades with type 1 diabetes, I know that my health is best when I’m being cared for as a person, with mental health categorized as high a priority¬†as my A1C or standard deviation of blood sugar. ¬†How you feel about the disease you live with every day¬†matters. Today, my favorite texting…