Real Life Diabetes

The Diabetic Survivor: Interview with the Artist

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By May 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

I love when diabetes goes visible.  Artistic interpretations of life with diabetes are my favorite, because they have this way of distilling diabetes down to a single image that says so much.  I felt that way when I stumbled upon thediabeticsurvivor’s Instagram account, where simple drawings spoke volumes about the emotional baggage of diabetes.  I love how his work peels back…

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A StayPut Medical Giveaway!

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 89 Comments

A few months ago, I stumbled upon StayPut Medical and tried one of these overlay tapes out over a Dexcom G5 sensor.  And even with a history of wonky adhesive issues and easily irritated skin, this tape helped my sensor hold tight, without issue.   Thankful for the free trial sample and eager to share this “simple solution” with you…

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Victoza for T1D: A Few Weeks In.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

I’m on my fourth week of Victoza.  Here’s the good, the bad, and the reminder that none of this even remotely resembles medical advice for the love of Loopy. THE GOOD: My numbers have been excellent.  Truly excellent.  And I’m the last person who is going to post perfect CGM graphs all the live long day because I have always struggled…

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A Look at Body Posi Betes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 23, 2018 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Georgie Peters when I was visiting Australia.  This woman is a force – a combination of positivity and raw honesty, writing about her lived experience with type 1 diabetes.  She’s written here before and today she’s visiting SixUntilMe to talk about her latest social movement of combining body positivity and diabetes….

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Visualizing Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 19, 2018 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Last week, I had the pleasure of connecting with Katie McCurdy through my work at The Patient Revolution, and she and I talked about her health visualization tool, Pictal.  (That interview can be found on the Patient Revolution blog.) From the article: “Pictal is a set of worksheets that patients can use to create a health history timeline and show…

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CGM: Cat Glucose Monitor?

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By April 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

This post is from 8 years ago, originally published in 2010 on dLife as part of my column at Generation D.  (Man, this post is old.  This is before Birdy.)  Abby was the best cat ever (sorry, Siah), and her ability to sniff out a low blood sugar is only bested by my Dexcom.  Because I totally had a CGM…

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The One About Steel Magnolias

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By April 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

I remember sitting down to watch this movie, not knowing how it ended. “How scary can it be?  Julia Roberts has such a big laugh.  Mom likes Sally Field.  Diabetes in it, too?  That’s cool.  Let’s make some popcorn.” record scratch Narrator’s voice:  Yeah, that was me, around the age of 10.  I didn’t know anything about the movie Steel…

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Victoza for T1D?

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes By April 5, 2018 16 Comments

I am way behind the curve on any drugs that have been making the off-label rounds in the type 1 diabetes community because I was attempting pregnancy/actually pregnant/then breastfeeding my son for almost four years in total.  I wasn’t willing or able to dabble in anything deemed experimental or unapproved.  But I will never have another pregnancy (thanks, tubal ligation!),…

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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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