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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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Grand Rounds

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare By January 16, 2007 Tags: No Comments

Grand Rounds. Once upon times, in a land filled with meds,Lived a blogger who slept with a cat on her head.As she dreamt through the night, dreams with colors and sounds,She dreamt of the honor of hosting Grand Rounds.“Emotions in healthcare,” she tossed off the covers.“Where bloggers use blogs to comfort each other.” Her eyes, they sprang open.  “The patient prevails!”And…

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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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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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Super Friends.

Diabetes Community By December 30, 2005 Tags: , , No Comments

I received this comment today from a self-proclaimed Anonymous Lurker. She’s a mother with a recently diagnosed 8 year old. I’ve posted her question below. If you have any words of wisdom for A.L.M. (Anonymous Lurker Mom), please offer them up. She’s looking for our collective advice on this:  “Hi Kerri. I’m a regular lurker and I have a question to put…

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