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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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Instagram Artwork: An Interview with Danielle Newett

Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 26, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

My favorite thing about Instagram is seeing a constant stream of creativity. Whether it’s men hating shopping or the hipster barbie one, I love scrolling through my feed and seeing people’s stories. When I stumbled upon Danielle’s account a few weeks ago, I was immediately intrigued by her unique and highly stylized expressions of life with diabetes. Today, artist Danielle…

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Guest Post: How I Learned to Exercise with Diabetes

Exercise & Fitness, Guest Diabetes Blogger By December 21, 2017 Tags: , , 1 Comment

Today, Christel Oerum of the DiabetesStrong team is taking over SixUntilMe to share how she and exercise have become good friends, offering some insight on how she managed to stay toned and keep her blood sugars from crapping out.  Thanks for inspiring me to get off my ass today, Christel. 🙂   *   *   * My story and…

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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 By December 4, 2017 Tags: , , , 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…

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Why We Revolt: An Interview with Dr. Victor Montori

Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By November 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 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 — and how this leads to optimal health care delivery and patient outcomes.  His book, Why We Revolt,…

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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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Guest Post: Until Childhood Cancer is Extinct

Guest Diabetes Blogger, No Diabetes By October 2, 2017 Tags: , , 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…

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Guest Post: Giving Birth to Violet as a Woman with Type 1 Diabetes (Part 2)

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Infertility and Pregnancy By July 21, 2017 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Today is part two of Ginger’s guest blog about the birth of her second little bird (part 1 is here). While this post takes a bit of a dangerous turn, things did work out okay!  (And if you’re a woman with type 1 diabetes who has had babies, is curious about having babies, or wants to read about other people…

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

Guest Diabetes Blogger By 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…

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Guest Post: A Note to My Newly-Diagnosed Self

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By May 30, 2017 Tags: , , , , 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…

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

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Infertility and Pregnancy By April 27, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 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’s 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…

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Guest Post: Diabetes at Work.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By April 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , 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…

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Guest Post: Taking Steps Towards Better.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 29, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 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…

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Guest Post: Making Connections.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 25, 2016 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Stephen Shaul is one of the most insightful – and kindest – people I’ve come across in the last few years, and I really respect his thoughts on all-things diabetes.  (Links to his blog and podcast are in the bio below.)  Today, while I’m en route to 10,000 doctor’s appointments, Stephen is taking over SUM to talk about the simplicity,…

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Guest Post: The Cost of Staying Alive.

Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

Charity Shuster-Gormley is a native Vermonter who currently works as a mental health worker in a psychiatric hospital. She was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the summer of 2000 at 15 years old. Charity holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She lives with her husband, their 6-year-old Dachshund Amos,…

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Guest Post: Diabetes Opera.

Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 14, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

Michael Park is a composer whose work bridges the gap between real-world and musical experience. His Ted Talk, Experiencing Disease Through Music, has been described as moving, haunting, and an amazing translation of the disease. His opera, Diagnosis: Diabetes has received awards and high praise for turning an otherwise invisible illness into something the audience gets to experience.  And I’m…

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