Diabetes Advocacy

“You shed de esh word.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Insulin, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I’m from a very big family – my mother is one of seven and my dad is one of five, for starters – so I had plenty of relatives who used to babysit for me when I was small.  Overnight visits at my aunts’ houses were part of the fun, and I always looked forward to them.  (Because – let’s…

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Free Shower

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

  I love free showers. They are rare bird moments, but pulling off due-to-be changed pump infusion sets and ratty CGM sensors, then stepping into a hot shower and being able to scrub skin with reckless abandon is AMAZING. Free showers.  See also:  yaaaaaas. You might also like: Free Shower. Free Shower. Opening a Can of Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoop Ass….

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FTF Warrior: An Interview with Matt Vande Vegte

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By January 8, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Instagram introduced me to Matt and his FTF Warrior team, and I’ve been following along on their journey via social media since. We met in person at the TCOYD ONE in San Diego a few months ago, and having a chance to talk with Matt, his wife (and business partner) Lisa, his sister (also a T1D), and several other members…

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Diabetes Feeties

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications By January 7, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

The title of this post is terrible but I kept it because it rhymed. Don’t judge. Or, if you do judge, judge by way of rhyming couplet.* So I’ve had diabetes for 32 years. Which is a long ass time. (Long ass … weird visual.) It’s not so long that I’m paranoid, but long enough that I’m becoming aware. Like it’s…

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The Friday Six: Haven’t Done One in a While Edition

Diabetes Advocacy, The Friday Six By January 4, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It’s been a while since I did a Friday Six.  Which means I should do one.  Riiiiiiight … now. New content up at T1Everyday Magic – Sweet, Little Lies. This one is about the Blue Bin Incident, which is a story I often tell during presentations because it involves a slide with a big chocolate cupcake on it, and that’s…

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Diabetic Health Journal GIVEAWAY

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Products, Healthcare By December 17, 2018 Tags: , , , , 64 Comments

POST EDIT:  The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified.  Thanks!! Lauren Bongiorno is a virtual diabetic health coach, entrepreneur, and author of the Diabetic Health Journal. Lauren coaches and creates resources for people with type 1 diabetes all over the world to achieve optimal diabetes management and feel strong and empowered. Lauren’s practice is rooted in her…

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Advice for “Newbies”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 27, 2018 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

(This prompt was pulled from the #happydiabeticchallenge over on Instagram.  To check out that hashtag, click here.) I feel weird giving advice because even after 32 years of diabetes, I’m still trying to figure things out.  A lot of the time, I have “no eyed deer” what I doing. But the main thing that I keep circling back to is the…

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Diabetes Cost of Living

Diabetes Advocacy, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By November 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

It is humbling to look in the butter compartment of my fridge and see insulin.  It’s necessary.  And I’m grateful. The out of pocket cost is upwards of $380 per bottle without insurance, and making sure our family has insurance coverage is our biggest worry in regular rotation. When job situations look dicey, my first concern is insurance.  When there’s talk of storms…

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Non-Billable Hours: The Diabetes Stuff That Doesn’t Have Copays

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Diabetes Videos, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 5, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

At first glance, I manage my diabetes using an insulin pump from Tandem Diabetes Care, a continuous glucose monitor from Dexcom, Humalog insulin, and either the mySugr meter kit or a Freestyle one.  All of these items require prescriptions and $$$ and involvement from my clinicians. But there’s a number of items that are used regularly to manage my diabetes,…

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Non-Billable Hours: Lost Sleep

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By November 2, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

Last night looked like this: And today I feel like this: Which translates into a low blood sugar that Basal IQ couldn’t fully pull me out of, most likely the result of … I have no idea because I didn’t exercise more than normal, didn’t eat anything that required a shit ton of insulin, wasn’t feeling extra stressed, wasn’t possessed…

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