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Diabetes Blog Week: I Can.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support By May 11, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 14 Comments

Decades ago, my body did whatever it did to reroute the purpose of my pancreas, and left me with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at the age of seven. As a result, I can’t make insulin. Diabetes was presented as a series of “You can’ts” to me, back in 1986.  You can’t eat that, you can’t do that, you…

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Stigmatized Secrets.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 34 Comments

I’ve spent the last few weeks keeping watch on the My Diabetes Secrets Tumblr account (a version of Diabetes PostSecret – more here) and these two submissions keep leaping out at me: The submissions as stand-alone pieces make me feel like I’m trying to shove limitless emotions into a Ziploc bag, but what kills me is that these were submitted…

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Roulette.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By August 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I test my blood sugars between 8 – 15 times per day, depending on trends, travel, exercise, food, and other variables.  I correct highs.  I treat lows.  I make a lot of decisions based on these numbers, and it scares the hell out of me to think that they might not be right. Food for thought. You might also like:…

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Check Yourself.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes By June 20, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 14 Comments

Sometimes it’s not about the actual “pricking of the finger” but more the “finding out what the number is.”  Here’s a new video post about the power of knowing your numbers, in efforts to not wreck yo self. You might also like: Verio Sync: Second Impressions. Review: Verio Flex Meter. Photo-A-Day: Check. It’s Just a Blood Sugar Check.

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