Diabetes Advocacy

Another #DayOfDiabetes, Twitter-Style.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

For World Diabetes Day yesterday, I attempted to participate in another round of #dayofdiabetes, using Twitter to log the different nuances of a day with type 1 diabetes.  It was a tougher day than normal, Internet-wise, because I spent the morning in the plane and the rest of the afternoon with very limited access to Wifi, but it was World…

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Cupcakes for PWD? Yes. No. MAYBE.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes By November 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

It’s not a matter of can, but more a matter of should.  I’ve written a column over at A Sweet Life about the cupcake conundrum: “People with diabetes can eat anything,”  ”they” say. Yes, yes they can.  They can physically bring a food item to their mouth and consume it.  This is true.  It’s not a matter of “can’t,” but…

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Diabetes Advocacy Postcards.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By November 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

I told Birdy I needed to make some postcards for a diabetes project.  She wanted (insisted) to help, so we spent much of last night drawing insulin pumps on index cards. My insulin pump has been part of her life since she was born, so it’s no wonder she knows the buttons and lines by heart, even though she had…

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Global Connections in the DOC.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By November 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

In October, I was in Barcelona for the 2nd European Blogger Summit put on by Animas and had the opportunity to brainstorm with several diabetes bloggers from across the pond.  (And some from waaaay across the other pond there on the far left … I’m talking to you, Australia.) This video is a compilation of some of the things we…

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What A Low Blood Sugar Feels Like.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By November 7, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 116 Comments

Across the board, a low blood sugar seems to be considered as anything under 70 mg/dL.  Revisiting the American Diabetes Association’s website this morning offers up a list of symptoms of low blood sugar, like: Shakiness Nervousness or anxiety Sweating, chills and clamminess Irritability or impatience Confusion, including delirium Rapid/fast heartbeat Lightheadedness or dizziness Hunger and nausea Sleepiness Blurred/impaired vision…

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Hope vs. Fear: The Video Edition.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By November 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

A million years ago (in Internet time, I think that translates to about eleven months ago), I had the opportunity to work with the team at Novo Nordisk and a few hyper-local Rhode Island/Massachusetts diabetes advocates to create a series of videos.  Our focus was on how hope can be a more powerful motivator than fear, in terms of staying…

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Photo-A-Day: Past.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By November 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

Three months after I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I went to my first sleep over birthday party.  My friend Jill was turning seven, and even though my pancreas had just gone on its permanent sabbatical, I was still able to go to the birthday party. (Thanks to my mother, who drove over and spent a few hours hanging…

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National Diabetes Awareness American Month Diabetes … Month?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By November 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 61 Comments

It’s National Diabetes Month, according to the President.  And American Diabetes Month, according to the ADA.  It’s Press Release Inundation Month, according to people who work for companies looking to connect with the diabetes community.  But for people living with diabetes, November.  And it’s also our chance to raise more awareness for our health condition/disease/whatever you’d like to call it….

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Halloween Rules for Kids and Adults with Diabetes.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By October 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Halloween DOES rule!!  It’s fun and gives people the opportunity to make costumes, hang out with friends and family, and collect some tasty treats and … Wait, you thought there would be rules?  Like actual rules to enjoying Halloween? There aren’t any set rules to doing the whole Halloween-and-diabetes thing.  Back when I was a kid with diabetes (we went…

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Of Cocktails and Community

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By October 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 19 Comments

“So what you should do is see what people are searching for and then carefully tailor your posts to draw in those searches.  Pick the search engine terms that there isn’t a high competition for, giving you an advantage in Google’s search algorithm.” The example he used was pretty simple:  “10 Best Cocktails for People with Diabetes” In a discussion…

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Halloween Prep and Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Between the finishing up of Birdy’s Spidergirl costume (a labor-and-tulle intensive endeavor), carving our pumpkin (she wanted a big Batman signal on it this year), and the creation of a cemetery cake (which Birdzone renamed “the grave garden” – a name I like more than the original), we’re getting our Halloween on here in a big way. Way back in…

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