Diabetes Advocacy

Siah Fits In

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family By February 22, 2007 Tags: , No Comments

What is die-a-beeeet-es?  What are all these little toys she plays with?  Test strips are fun to chew on.  What is that beeper thing?  I see the delicious wires poking from the top of her sweatpants before bed.  And I love those fun little plastic caps.  I steal them off the dresser and hide them underneath her desk.  Sometimes she mutters, “I…

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A Few Drinks

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes By January 27, 2007 Tags: , , No Comments

The microphone drops down and Mills Lane plucks it out of the sky. “In this corner, bringing a bevy of boluses and carbonated carbohydrate content, wearing Gold Shorts and a lime wedge, weighing in at about 12 oz is the mysterious new challenger, La Corona!”  He raises his fists in the air and burps. “And in this corner, The Titan of…

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Miriam E. Tucker – It’s Your Life!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 3, 2007 Tags: , No Comments

Journalist?  Diabetic?  Potential hot-air balloon enthusiast?  Miriam E. Tucker has been a type 1 diabetic since 1973.  A full-time medical reporter by day, she covers diabetes news for doctors. Her fantastic freelance work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Diabetes Forecast magazine.  Miriam agreed to subject herself to a handful of questions.  (Brave girl.) Kerri:  When were you diagnosed with diabetes?  What were the circumstances?…

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One of those diabetes days

Diabetes Advocacy By November 6, 2006 No Comments

Funny thing, stress.  It’s a sneaky little bugger. Despite the fact that I’m doing my best to continue on with business as usual, good ol’ diabetes has reared its ugly head.  Instead of lying quietly and letting me mourn, stress has chosen this time to join the fray and make me grumpy. Feeling a little too crummy to eat?  Don’t worry. …

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Blogging Across Boundaries

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community By October 3, 2006 No Comments

“Because the internet should be a tool for bridging gaps as well as building communities.” This line struck me most about Andrea’s call for entries for Blogging Across Boundaries.  Bridging gaps as well as building communities. There are plenty of gaps in the internet communities I find myself a part of.  It’s not so much between the topics we cover…

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Define? Or explain.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 2, 2006 Tags: , No Comments

“Diabetes doesn’t define you, it just helps explain you.” It struck me that he was right. Darrell and I don’t talk about diabetes very much. I don’t remember ever talking about it when we were kids. We played with Legos and built army forts for the hamsters to live in. There weren’t any big diabetes discussions and, quite frankly, we…

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Lost in Boston. (Again.)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Traveling By March 21, 2006 Tags: No Comments

We were late arriving because I managed to get us lost. It’s what I do. Convinced I knew exactly where it was but in reality not having the faintest notion, I dragged Chris around Boston in hot pursuit of the ADA Diabetes Expo. Bright Boston sunshine reflected off the buildings as we strolled towards the Seaport World Trade Center. “There it…

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Chronic Babe

Diabetes Advocacy By March 2, 2006 No Comments

Chronic Babe has done me the honor of republishing “A Bottle of Juice in the Shower” on her site. Jenni over at Chronic Babe is running the premiere site for women with chronic illness who are looking to live it up. Her site says “If you’re living with a chronic illness and trying to balance healthy living and—whoa—fun, then you’re DEFINITELY in the right place….

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The Walk.

Diabetes Advocacy By September 26, 2005 No Comments

The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes (the RI edition) took place on Sunday at Roger Williams Park. And Team Six Until Me took part for the first time. We were we a little team – only seven walkers, but we raised a fair amount of money. The team consisted of myself, The Boy, Mom and Oystein, Batman, her BoyWonder, and Best Nurse…

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Underwater.

Diabetes Advocacy By September 6, 2005 No Comments

The television clicks on and I see those same familiar rooftops peeking out over miles and miles of filthy, rising water. People trapped on the islands that their homes have become, begging for rescue. For solace. For help. I’m not sure how to react. I’m not very good with disasters. I am riddled with anxiety as it is. Seeing this…

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Five Senses.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions By August 23, 2005 No Comments

I want a cure tonight. I want it so badly I can taste it tonight. It tastes like black raspberry ice cream from St. Claire’s Annex in Watch Hill, all creamy and cold. It tastes slightly salty, like my skin after a day at the beach. It doesn’t taste at all like airplane glue or sweaters on my teeth after a few…

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Kerri the Auctioneer

Diabetes Advocacy By July 18, 2005 Tags: , No Comments

On tap for tonight: I will be working at the 4th Annual JDRF-RI Golf Tournament, which raises money for diabetes research. My tasks tonight include, but are not limited to, working the Silent Auction. Yes, you read correctly. The Silent Auction. I’m not sure if I can be quiet for that long. We’ll see. Either I’ll be able to control myself…

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