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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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A Response from ADA

Diabetes Advocacy January 22, 2018 15 Comments

Last Friday, I received a phone call from Michelle Kirkwood, Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Media Relations at the American Diabetes Association.  We had a candid discussion about the email that was sent out last week from the ADA with the subject line “Cause of death:  Diabetes“.  I shared my concerns with Michelle about the doom and despair approach, and we…

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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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DBlogWeek 2017: The Cost of Chronic Illness.

Uncategorized May 16, 2017 20 Comments

Diabetes Blog Week prompt for Tuesday:  Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly. Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage. So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care. Do you have advice to share? For those outside the US, is cost a concern?…

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The Patient Voice 2016: Bridging the Diabetes Gaps

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Poetry March 4, 2016 2 Comments

Happy Friday, friends!  Today, Marina Tsaplina is borrowing the blog to help spread the word about an event she is hosting in New York City on March 20th.  It’s the debut event for The Betes organization, and the goal is to give rise to discussions about the emotional influence of chronic illness.  Part of the presentation will be a discussion…

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Friday Six: But Not On Friday.

The Friday Six July 24, 2014 5 Comments

SUM stuff from around the Internet: “The latest in this trend is the meme showing a fat little girl titled ‘Lil Diabeetus snacks’ as a take-off to Little Debbie Snacks.  It’s being bandied about on FaceBook as ‘cute’ and ‘funny’; an appropriate name change.  Is it funny?  I don’t think so.”  Kate weighs in on the Facebook meme. Tuesday’s #dblogcheck…

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Miss Idaho: #ShowMeYourPump!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life July 19, 2014 8 Comments

Have you heard?  Sierra Sandison just earned the crown as Miss Idaho, and she accomplished her goal with an insulin pump clipped to her hip.  Yes, that’s right – another Miss America contender has hit the stage with diabetes front-and-center.  And since winning Miss Idaho barely a week ago, Sierra has already brought type 1 diabetes to the national stage…

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What’s Your Itch?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support April 2, 2014 16 Comments

My “diabetes advocacy itch” has always been emotional health.  I’m not a doctor and I don’t know everything about type 1 diabetes, but I do know that I pay more attention to my diabetes when my head is in a healthy space, and being tuned in to diabetes improves outcomes, for me.  Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, upset … any kind of…

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