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Diabetes Goal Bingo

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 28, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

Recently, I reconnected with a long-lost local PWD named Ryan.  Last time Ryan and I saw one another, we were talking about diabetes goal-setting and dealing with wicked bouts of burnout.  And this week I received an email from him with a freaking brilliant idea about how to stay motivated towards setting – and reaching –  diabetes-related goals. “I’ve had this…

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I Can Only Use One Word?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 27, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

A few weeks ago, the WEGO Health editorial team was hitting up the Twitterverse, asking people to finish the Tweet:  “My health in one word is _______.” My health, in one word, is VARIABLE.  As are my emotions related to it.   Since that question was asked on a day when I was watching giant Ms and Ws dance on my Dexcom graph, I wasn’t feeling…

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Guest Blog: #hcsm and a Prescription for the Health Care Industry

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare By January 25, 2011 Tags: , , No Comments

Today I am very proud to be hosting a guest post from Dana Lewis.  Dana Lewis is an interactive marketing specialist at a non-profit health system serving the Greater Seattle area. However, her tweets and thoughts (ranging from #hcsm to gluten-free cupcakes and elephants for BSparl) are always her own. She has had type 1 diabetes for eight years, celiac disease for two years, and is a fierce…

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Hawkey Playah

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By January 24, 2011 Tags: , No Comments

I clicked the button on my Dexcom receiver and saw a “212 mg/dl” with two arrows pointed straight on up.  This was the third effortless high in as many hours, and I was convinced my pump site had crapped out. “I am going to run to the bathroom.  I need to switch out my site,” I said to Chris, moving…

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One Moment

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By November 16, 2007 No Comments

We were talking about meeting with Christel and how long she and I have both had diabetes.  Over twenty years for both of us.  Over twenty years for so many of us. We don’t talk much about diabetes at home.  Sure, there’s plenty of talk about the blog and work and different projects, but the disease itself is usually held at arm’s length.  We…

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More Than Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 15, 2007 No Comments

We met up at Les Halles for dinner.  Four people, meeting up for the first of many times.  She greeted Chris with a huge smile and a hug.  It was more than diabetes.  Sure, she understood completely when I mentioned a botched infusion set or that sticky mouth feeling when blood sugars are swarming out of control.  We talked about technology and “old school diabetes”…

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Discovering Health

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community By November 13, 2007 No Comments

Last night, I had a chance to attend the premier of Discovery Health’s documentary, Diabetes:  A Global Epidemic, held at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.  The documentary follows former American Diabetes Association president and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Fran Kaufman, around the globe as she visits different countries and explores…

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My Heroes

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 9, 2006 No Comments

Sometimes it stings when I test my blood sugar.  The lancet springs forward and pierces my fingertip, hitting a nerve and making my eyebrows furrow. “Ow!”  I pull my finger back and shake it around a little bit to ease the sting.  The blood is pulled into the strip and I wait for the result. No one in my family…

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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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The Boy at the Health Fair

Diabetes Community By May 26, 2006 No Comments

I’d guess about ten years old.  Spikey blonde hair, pale blue eyes, chubby little kid face. His mother stopped by the table we were manning at the School Health Fair, mussing with the pamphlets strewn about the blue plastic tablecloth.  The tri-fold cardboard display announced “Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation” in bright blue letters.  Myself and another volunteer from the RI…

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I held hands with Superman.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By March 12, 2006 Tags: , , , No Comments

I held hands with Superman. It’s true. He was six years old and missing a front tooth and melted my heart by comparing pumps and trying not to step on any cracks as we walked along the sidewalk towards the Children’s Museum. “Can’t step on the cracks,” I warned, tipping my foot sideways to avoid a fissure. “Got it. I…

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First Annual Boston Blogger’s Pre-Union

Diabetes Community By February 28, 2006 No Comments

The Time: High Noon The Place: Boston Children’s Museum  The First Annual Boston Blogger’s Pre-Union!! (to be followed next year by the Second Annual Blogger’s Reunion) The invitation is extended to everyone who would like to make the drive to Boston and enjoy an afternoon with the bloggers. Meet at noon, stay until you feel like going home. The afternoon is extremely…

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The Place: Boston.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 8, 2006 No Comments

A discussionon Mom Wants a Diabetes Cure has spawned the Great New England D-Meet. The synopsis is that diabetics who live within convenient traveling distance to Boston, be they children, mothers, or just plain 26 year old bloggers obsessed with Mr. L. Bird, are ready to plan to Meet. The proposed timeframe is February or Early March. I’m looking for a headcount of…

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