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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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Building a Healthcare Team

Healthcare, No Diabetes, Real Life Diabetes By September 8, 2017 Tags: , , 12 Comments

Since deciding that our family of four was the maximum number of people to be in our family (read: no more babies), I’ve been working to transition as much of my healthcare team from Boston to Rhode Island.  After almost 30 years at the Joslin Clinic, this has been a tough transition, because I’m so used to their style and…

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Eye Quit.

No Diabetes By February 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

It’s like a patch of horrible road rash that you don’t bandage and instead throw the itchiest wool sweater over, then roll around in pine needles.  All day long.  Every time you blink. This pretty much sums up what recurring corneal erosion feels like. Friday night, I felt the twitchy, horribly familiar symptoms associated with an eye tear – the…

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Talking About Trees.

No Diabetes By August 26, 2016 15 Comments

So this week got a little crazy in a slightly unexpected way, with our son arriving a few weeks early via a planned-but-just-not-on-the-day-we-did-it c-section, and I’ve been in the hospital all week re-educating myself on how to care for a newborn and how to recover from surgery.  More on that on Monday, but for now, I wanted to duck in and…

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Diabetes Blog Week: Language and Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, No Diabetes, Psychosocial Support By May 18, 2016 Tags: , , , 12 Comments

Language and Diabetes:  There is an old saying that states “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. I’m willing to bet we’ve all disagreed with this at some point, and especially when it comes to diabetes. Many advocate for the importance of using non-stigmatizing, inclusive and non-judgmental language when speaking about or to people…

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Silent Infertility.

Diabetic Mommy, Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy, No Diabetes By March 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , 39 Comments

(You get a special prize if the title of this blog post made you think of this song.) For two years, we wanted a baby. When I first started lurking on infertility websites and forums, the acronyms were confusing.  I knew that TTC was “trying to conceive” but all of the other bits seemed as if someone poured out a…

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Fashion Show.

No Diabetes By March 3, 2016 Tags: 1 Comment

This morning, while I was on a conference call for work, I looked out the kitchen window and saw a squirrel go scuttling by with what looked like a giant leaf in its mouth. “Huh.  Early spring.  Ambitious critter.” A few seconds later, another squirrel darted by, sporting a floppy beard of some sort. A minute later, a third squirrel…

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Perspective.

No Diabetes By January 25, 2016 No Comments

Perspective came slamming in two weeks ago when I heard that a friend’s young daughter had died.  She was four years old.  My friend’s grief was palpable and touched the face of everything that morning.  Our hearts ached for her loss; it was impossible to find a single word that even scraped the surface of the hurt we felt for…

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