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Non-Billable Hours: Purse Party

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Relationships By November 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

It’s Diabetes Month – have you heard?  There will be a ton of diabetes-related news circulating; you’ll see diabetes in the headlines and on the news.  Diabetes is, dare I say? so fetch this month. Discussions about diabetes often seem limited, at least in the broader public forum, about blood sugars, weight gain or loss, and diet.  Admittedly, a lot…

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Rewind: Voicemail for my Pancreas

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Relationships By September 25, 2018 Tags: , , 1 Comment

(I’m traveling this week, with limited access and desire to visit the Internet, but while I’m on an adventure, I’m rewinding the blog to showcase some older posts.  So don’t freak out if you see some older post about being pregnant or whatever because giiiiiiirl I am not pregnant.) “Hey, you.  This is awkward.  Voicemail.  I hate voicemail.  But I…

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Parenting with Diabetes: Round Two

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

“Pump!  Pump, pump, pump!  Pump, where are you?” It’s his siren call, yelled at full volume as my toddler forages around in my top trying to find my insulin pump.  “Oh hi, pump!  One … two … three!” and the buttons are pressed and the beeps are beeped and I’m constantly checking to make sure he hasn’t given me a…

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Dino Days

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Being diagnosed with diabetes as a child twists time, making me feel like I’m not terribly old but that my diabetes is ancient and withered.  Looking back at an online journal that chronicles almost half my life with diabetes paints me as a digital dinosaur, one whose story and community has evolved in response to time, technology, and ability. The…

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Seven Versions of One Low Blood Sugar

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By January 23, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 19 Comments

SCENARIO:  A blood sugar of 53 mg/dL caused me to wake up at 2 am, drink a juice box, and stay awake until 2.30 am waiting for my blood sugar to rise. DESCRIBING TO MY FRIEND:  “Yeah, sometimes diabetes is a thing at night.  I had a low last night that woke me up around 2 am, but that’s why…

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You Know What Doesn’t Suck?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By January 12, 2018 Tags: , , , 14 Comments

Bring me your diabetes happies, your small victories, your moments of joy!  What does diabetes bring to your life that doesn’t suck? You know what doesn’t suck?  Being tuned into my body.  I pay close attention to my physical and mental health because diabetes forces me to, but I consider that a good thing.  I see my healthcare team often….

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In Sickness and in Health: My Partner Has Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 9, 2017 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

A week or two ago, I received a message from a reader asking about the influence diabetes has on my marriage.  I took to Facebook to get some broader feedback, but the question forced me to drop into the weeds to see how my diabetes touches my marriage.  This will be part one of a two part post, with today’s…

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In Sickness and in Health: I Have Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 8, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

A week or two ago, I received a message from a reader asking about the influence diabetes has on my marriage.  I took to Facebook to get some broader feedback, but the question forced me to drop into the weeds to see how my diabetes touches my marriage.  This will be part one of a two part post, with today’s…

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Guest Post: What FFL Was Like as a First Timer.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 26, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Wondering what it’s like to be surrounded by thousands of people affected by diabetes?  Today, my fellow Friends for Life faculty member and longtime family friend, Scott Johnson, takes over SUM to share his experience as a first-timer at FFL back in 2010.   Scott was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in 1980 and has been blogging about his…

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Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

It’s Diabetes Blog Week, a week in the year where diabetes bloggers can rally together and share their stories, following suggested (but not mandated!) themes and focusing on connecting with one another as a community.  And who better to closely knit our community together than Karen (who is known in my household as “The Knitter“)?  Karen kindly brings us closer…

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Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

People ask me why this conference matters, why the organization matters, and it’s sometimes hard to sum up.  What’s so great about sitting in a room full of people with diabetes?  Isn’t it like surrounding yourself with a reminder of something that is a pain in the butt (diabetes)?  Doesn’t it suck to talk about diabetes all the time? DUDE….

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Looking Back: Rules of Love.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By April 29, 2016 1 Comment

Today, in response to spending the day fighting traffic for yet another installment of “how long will I be in the waiting room?” at the doctor’s office, I’m revisiting a post from 2012 about love, PWDs, and permission.  It still blows my mind that this book was published, and I remain appreciative of how far we’ve come. See also:  eff…

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Looking Back: Postcards from Eddie.

Diabetes Memories, Relationships By September 14, 2015 Tags: , , 1 Comment

This morning, I thought about Eddie.  Eddie was the kid who I shared the hospital room with back when I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1986.  He popped into my head after I woke up, jet-lagged and confused from traveling yesterday, and watched a spider scuttle across the ceiling of this apartment. Eddie had been bitten by a spider; I…

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A Matter of Apologies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Relationships By July 28, 2015 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

“I was low.  I was frustrated because of the low blood sugar.  I’m sorry.” “It’s okay,” and I can tell she means it by the look in her friendly, brown eyes. I used to be very terrible at saying, “I’m sorry.”  I would hold on to frustration and anger in a way that was not good for me or anyone…

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Diabetes Blog Week: The Quiet Parts.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships, Robot Life By May 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

Feels weird, and slightly ironic, starting a blog post about the diabetes-related things I don’t share here on the diabetes blog I’ve written here on the open Internet about my personal experiences with the disease.  It’s been ten years of this – the idea that there’s crap I don’t talk about might seem like a big fat lie. But there…

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