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Friends for Life

Guest Post: Until Next Time, FFL.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support By October 9, 2017 Tags: , , 1 Comment

Leigh Fickling was at the Friends for Life event this past weekend in Falls Church, VA and this morning, she posted about the power of FFL and of the green or orange bracelets given out to attendees on her Facebook page.  I asked if I could share her post on SUM, and she was kind enough to say yes. Take…

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Magic Kingdom, Magic Bathrooms.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

“Is that an insulin pump?” I was standing outside of the stall in a bathroom in Tomorrowland, waiting for my daughter to wash her hands. “Yes, on my arm here?  Yes, it is.”  I pointed to the infusion set on my right arm, the tubing snaking back up my sleeve into my dress. “Oh!”  The lady smiled really big, relieved. …

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Recipe for FFL.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By July 12, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Want to make Friends for Life?  Here’s how: Ingredients: 1 large Coronado Spring Millions of humidity molecules 3,000 family members who live with diabetes 1,000 (estimated) Mickey Mouse waffles 22 bowls of glucose tabs Dozens of supportive siblings Hundreds of orange bracelets Hundreds of green bracelets Several buffet tables of carb-counted food Add sports central, support sessions, and learning workshops to…

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Guest Post: My Magical Disney Moment.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By March 31, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 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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Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

People ask me why this conference matters, why the organization matters, and it’s sometimes hard to sum up.  What’s so great about sitting in a room full of people with diabetes?  Isn’t it like surrounding yourself with a reminder of something that is a pain in the butt (diabetes)?  Doesn’t it suck to talk about diabetes all the time? DUDE….

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Flick of the Wrist.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling, Uncategorized By July 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 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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Friday Six: But Not On Friday.

The Friday Six By July 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 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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Friends for Life: Madcap Recap.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By July 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 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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Masterlab: Tides are Rising.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By June 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

In the last ten years, the DOC has evolved from a small pocket of voices to an entire choir that can’t be housed in one town, or state, or even country.  I love seeing more hands raised and more people saying, “Me, too!” and providing support and understanding for one another.  Patient stories matter.  Our stories matter. The DOC is…

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