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Guest Post: My Magical Disney Moment.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support March 31, 2017 4 Comments

The power of peer-to-peer connections is not lost on the diabetes community.  While insulin remains our strongest medication tool, our mental and emotional health is nourished by connecting with like-pancreased people, making any diabetes burden that much lighter. One of the most amazing peer support cultures in the diabetes community is found at Children with Diabetes’ Friends for Life conference….

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Flick of the Wrist.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling, Uncategorized July 13, 2015 15 Comments

In the interests of getting through TSA in Orlando as quickly as possible and making my way over to my gate so I could find some iced coffee and a banana, I disconnected my insulin pump and put it through the x-ray machine, caring very little if it melted in the transaction because I was melting in the transaction. The…

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Friends for Life: Madcap Recap.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling July 9, 2014 12 Comments

A bulleted list because that’s what bloggers do. My personal schedule had me running around like a chicken with its head (and pancreas?) cut off, and while I felt really lucky to be so busy, I didn’t have enough quality time with people I love.  It’s a nice problem to have, but it was frustrating because now that I’m home,…

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Ante Up.

Diabetes and Emotions July 7, 2014 12 Comments

During one of the discussion groups at Friends for Life, one of the attendees took a look at their Dexcom, gave it an exasperated sigh, and threw it into the middle of the room in frustration. “I don’t want it near me.” There was a brief pause. “Ante up,” someone quietly said, their own Dexcom case hitting the floor alongside…

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FFL: Social Media as Part of the Prescription.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes August 13, 2013 3 Comments

At Friends for Life this  year, there was a special panel discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Moderated by members of the diabetes online community, the panelists included: Korey Hood, PhD – Associate Clinical Professor…

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Friends for Life Frenzy.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes July 15, 2013 15 Comments

Bringing Birdy to the Friends for Life conference was awesome, because I was finally able to introduce my bonkers Birdzone to my friends in the diabetes community.  (And by “finally,” I mean in a way that counted.  When I brought Birdy to the conference when she was two months old, it barely counts, because she was more in the “burping…

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My Little Orange Bracelet.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Real Life Diabetes July 11, 2013 15 Comments

At the Friends for Life conference, people who are living with type 1 diabetes wear bright green bracelets.  Green bracelet’ers are the people who know what my diabetes life is like, from the injections to the blood checks, from the guilt to the successes.  They get it. But the orange bracelets go on the wrists of the loved ones of…

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