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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 January 23, 2018 12 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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Designing for Diabetes: An Interview with Natalie Balmain

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes January 16, 2018 1 Comment

Natalie Balmain is a fashion designer from England, and the creative force behind Type 1 Clothing. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 20, and this was ultimately her inspiration behind her debut line, designed to help people manage their multiple daily injections more easily and wear insulin pumps more comfortably. Natalie has raised money for…

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Diabetes Month: Meter Maid

Diabetes Advocacy November 1, 2017 5 Comments

What’s in the baaaaaaag?  C’mon … what’s in the bag? Yep.  This little bag is with me at all times.  All.  Times.  My daughter picked it out years ago and I’ve been dragging it around the world with me since, housing essentials for my diabetes management. Meter, test strips, lancets, lancing device, an insulin pen in case of pump failure,…

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Look to the Edges.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community June 12, 2017 5 Comments

People like me are not accounted for .I have no insurance , no dr .Who counts me and the others like us ? — AnaHelena (@karmasense) June 10, 2017 We must account for ALL people. For too long We have focused on T1D kids forgetting adults who are insulin dependent *every* *single* *day*😳 — Jake Kushner (@JakeKushnerMD) June 11, 2017…

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“Do You Like It?”

Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life July 21, 2016 7 Comments

“Excuse me … your, um, arm?  What’s that on your arm?” Ninety-five percent of the time, I don’t care if people ask about my insulin pump or CGM.  More power to them for being bold enough to embrace the awkwardness and actually ask, instead of assuming.  (And even in the 5% moments of “argh – stop looking, don’t ask,” it usually…

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Guest Post: Diabetes Isn’t Easy, But Acting on Policy Can Be.

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare April 5, 2016 No Comments

This morning, Bennet Dunlap is taking over SUM because he has something to say.  Changing health policy has become a project of Bennet’s for personal reasons, and with the help of the diabetes community, he and others are aiming to make a difference.  Today he’s writing about the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition and how it’s aiming to be the “easy…

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Spare a Rose 2016: Final Totals.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes February 25, 2016 No Comments

In 2016 the diabetes community, both online and off, made a huge difference for children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries.  This year’s Spare a Rose campaign raised $25,331 from 537 donations, saving 422 children. Read that again, please? Four hundred and twenty-two children. Through the endless generosity of people in this community, donating their time to share the…

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You Don’t Look Like You Should Have Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes October 27, 2015 17 Comments

“And this, too, please,” I said, sliding the opened and half-consumed bag of gummy candies across the counter, my hands shaking. This low was bad.  The symptoms were very visible, with unsteady hands and knees that were buckling out and sweat beading up on my forehead despite the 40 degree weather outside.  I knew I was the color of a…

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