Diabetes and Emotions

Signing off

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Website Information By May 4, 2019 Tags: , , , 82 Comments

This is weird. I don’t know what to say in a last blog post, because it makes it seem like a black hole is going to open up and suck me into it once I hit “publish.” (I really hope that doesn’t happen, because I still need to shower. I’d hate to be stuck in some Interstellar purgatory and have…

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What I’ve Learned After 14 Years of Blogging About My Health

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By April 29, 2019 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

This Saturday will mark 14 years of blogging. Here’s some of what I’ve learned … Technically-speaking? Put the word “diabetes” in your blog title. Invest in a full-throated URL (instead of a .blogger or .wordpress site). Spellcheck and grammar check every single post. Use images, as they are nice and help flesh out your content. Back your content up. I’ll…

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The Words We Use as PWD

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By April 24, 2019 5 Comments

The words we casually use as people with diabetes continue to make me giggle. Like when I was a kid, my mom would casually tell me to go “shoot up,” (instead of “go take your insulin dose”) … the looks we received in public settings included a lot of arched eyebrows. Or how, during days when I have my insulin…

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Man Cold Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 12, 2019 Tags: , 9 Comments

This video is older, by Internet standards, but I remember first seeing it and laughing out loud. “Laura … I called for you, I said ‘Laura!’” (And for the love of God there’s a Wiki entry for it. The Internet is forever an amalgam of chaos and delight.) Over the last few weeks, I’ve been running through my older posts…

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Making it Work

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Sometimes, I see things and I think they are a wonderful visual representation of diabetes, like the game Perfection. And this pot. My blood sugars are a heavy pot of boiling water. A rolling boil, the ones where you look at the water and see the bubbles coming up like predictable and methodical pewter poetry. Scary if I were to…

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With My Whole Heart (and What’s Left of My Pancreas)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 8, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 69 Comments

When I was a lot younger, I thought about my 40th birthday as so far in the future and potentially scary. I didn’t know how I would feel. I didn’t know if I’d still be healthy. I didn’t know if I would be happy. Also, what the hell middle aged?! Today is my birthday. I’m turning 40. I feel pretty…

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On the Loom

Diabetes and Emotions By January 15, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

In prepping for a chat I helped facilitate for the team at The Patient Revolution, I came across this quote in Victor’s book: These words really build a visual around the effort of diabetes management. There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind-the-scenes of diabetes – so many individual threads and colors on this particular patient loom –…

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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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The Bright Side

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetic Mommy By November 8, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

My daughter, randomly, asked me what a seizure was. (Turns out someone had talked about it at school as a result of a student with epilepsy.) We talked about it, and then she asked if diabetes could cause seizures.  She doesn’t ask me complicated questions about the longterm effects of diabetes very often (barring that one time she asked me, when…

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Blue Lagoonabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By October 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

We made plans to go to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before we had left for our trip, so I knew I’d be a little bit jet-lagged and a little bit moody about missing the kids, but I was excited to see this “wonder of the world,” where geothermal hot springs pool to create a steamy, cyan-colored bath. When you…

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Comfort Zone ———> Me

Diabetes and Emotions, Traveling By September 27, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

I’m not brave. … and man do I hate admitting that.  But I’m not.  I’ve known this for a long time but I realized it again two weeks ago when I was at the Connected in Motion/Beyond Type 1 SoCal Slipstream event. There were people there who will pick up and run 10 miles without giving it too much thought.  Or…

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Rewind: Voicemail for my Pancreas

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Relationships By September 25, 2018 Tags: , , 1 Comment

(I’m traveling this week, with limited access and desire to visit the Internet, but while I’m on an adventure, I’m rewinding the blog to showcase some older posts.  So don’t freak out if you see some older post about being pregnant or whatever because giiiiiiirl I am not pregnant.) “Hey, you.  This is awkward.  Voicemail.  I hate voicemail.  But I…

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