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Spongebob Memes

Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes February 9, 2018 5 Comments

There’s a coffee shop near where I live that I frequently work from (known as my “fauxffice” to my friends).  I’m there at least once, if not twice a week, and I bang away on my computer while drinking too much coffee and not making enough insulin. A lot of the time, I remain focused and tuned into my own…

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Blub .. Bluub … Bluuuuuuuub

Uncategorized February 7, 2018 3 Comments

Have you ever read the Pout, Pout Fish?  It’s new to us as of a few weeks ago but this rhyme is already committed to memory.  (My son loves it.  And my daughter finds it beyond silly.  Blub, bluub, bluuuuub.)   Because I’ve read this thing several dozen times … today … I keep adding verses and removing them and…

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Free Foods

Uncategorized January 26, 2018 16 Comments

“You can have pickles? Or gelatin? Or cucumber slices!” My mom tried to make these options sound appealing and delicious, but when I was kid and my blood sugar was super high, pickles weren’t what I craved. My body wanted to chug water and cheeseburgers simultaneously in efforts to cleanse the ketones and sate the high hunger. “Can I have…

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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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The Gray Area

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes January 18, 2018 7 Comments

“Diabetes makes you a hero!  You’re pinch-hitting for a busted pancreas, and you’re kicking ass!  Nothing can stop you!  Climb mountains, run marathons, compete, destroy threats, take no prisoners!  The world is your oyster, and even with a busted pancreas, you remain the pearl!” We see that.  Or we hear … “Diabetes will eat you alive.  Busted pancreas is only…

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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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