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Legend of SUM: Melasma’s Mask

Infertility and Pregnancy, No Diabetes By August 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

Weird skin week continues, with this post centered on something entirely un-diabetes related: melasma. After Birdy was born in 2010, I noticed that my skin had some new freckle-looking things.  Only they were like dalamation-esque dots of too much pigment and not-enough-pigment, and they made my face look dirty in the summer with the sun bringing out these rotten spots….

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Witt ‘n Whimsy Giveaway!

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, No Diabetes By August 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Instagram has been awesome for making connections to artists, designers, and other craftspeople who inspire, and today I have the chance to highlight someone whose work I’ve been admiring for months.  Holly Allen, the Witt ‘n Whimsy jewelry entrepreneur, has stopped over to SixUntilMe today to talk about her work, her connection to the patient community, and to announce a…

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Not Advocacy

Diabetes Advocacy, No Diabetes By July 20, 2018 9 Comments

“What is that, on your arm?” Attempting to embrace the bathroom advocacy, I told the lady I have type 1 diabetes.  “And this is an insulin pump.  This part of the device holds the insulin,” – point to the black pump clipped to my bathing suit strap – “and the insulin goes into my body here.  It’s a nice change…

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Ramble On

Diabetes Online Community, No Diabetes, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By April 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Bullet points?  Yep. Easter came and went.  We colored a few dozen eggs and now everyone in my home will be eating hard boiled eggs until we’re all old and wrinkly. Which I am becoming.  My daughter asked me if I was mad, and I said no, and she said, “Oh good.  Your forehead looked angry so I wanted to…

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A Billing Code for Empathy

Healthcare, No Diabetes, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 11, 2018 Tags: , , , 10 Comments

“You have a nice bedside manner.  I don’t feel stupid being honest about the health concerns I have. And I don’t feel like you’re judging me when I tell you my A1C went up; that makes it easier to be honest with you about where I struggle.” “I really appreciate that,” she said. I’m in the process of switching to…

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Musical Stylings

No Diabetes By December 15, 2017 Tags: 4 Comments

No mention of D-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named today. Instead, let’s talk tunes. Music is a constant in my life.  My cassette tape collection as a kid was pretty solid, my CD collection as a young adult was epic (thanks to those Columbia House-style subscription things where you could buy three CDs for a dollar and then end up with a bunch that you didn’t…

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Do More Good.

No Diabetes By November 14, 2017 Tags: 5 Comments

It’s World Diabetes Day.  YAY!  And buried amongst the bits of distressing-as-hell news crap out there will be articles about diabetes. Casual mentions of this monster that lives under our bed (and that we feed occasionally). And tomorrow, the world’s attention will twist to the next crisis. But oh, my fellow PWD, we’ll still be on this diabetes journey long…

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