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Weird Together.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By September 30, 2013 Tags: , , , 14 Comments

“I travel a bit and go to conferences and events where there are people who have diabetes, too.  It can be kind of isolating, diabetes, so knowing other people who have it makes it easier to manage on all levels.  Does that make sense?” “Yeah.  It’s like, ‘Hey, we’re weird together.’  And when you’re weird together, you get closer.” That…

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Diabetes Reality, Reframed.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Recently, I read a blog post about the concept of “reality reframed,” which is basically the photo practice of cropping-out of the tougher stuff in life, and giving focus to the positive and “prettied up” stuff. As Tracey wrote: “I figure instead of abandoning the art I love, I will show the reality along side of it. This is how…

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EVERYWHERE.

Dexcom, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By September 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , 18 Comments

“How long have you been on the pump?” He stood next to his car, holding the gas pump to his tank, filling up his car while I was putting my debit card into the console near my car. “I’m sorry?” “Insulin pump.  How long for you?  I just got mine a few weeks ago.” “Oh, I’m sorry!  I thought you…

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Friday Six, Plus a Few.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, The Friday Six By September 6, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

We have more than six items here, but who’s counting?  (Me, and clearly not that well.)  Onward! I have had this song stuck in my head for over two weeks, and a Doritos commercial is to blame.  The hitchhiking banana doesn’t hurt. We need less than 200 signatures to hit the 5,000 mark on this petition to put diabetes on…

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Why Accuracy Matters.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By September 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Glucose meter results matter because our lives matter.   Why does accuracy matter to you? You might also like: Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters. Masterlab: Tides are Rising. 5,000 Names Needed. Diabetes Access Matters.

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5,000 Names Needed.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By August 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 14 Comments

There’s a petition circulating to add diabetes as a disease topic to be discussed over the next five years.  Diabetes, despite the number of people touched by it, isn’t on the list. Yet.  If we can gain 5,000 signatures on this petition, we have a better chance of adding diabetes to the discussion docket, helping improve the lives of those…

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Strip Safely: Taking to Twitter.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By August 21, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

(Note that the banner looks like a test strip.  Clever, eh?) Wednesdays are usually a diabetes-heavy night on Twitter, since it’s the night that the #DSMA conversation takes place (at 9 pm EST – check out the #DSMA webpage for info, and for tips on joining the conversation, click through to this post on Diabetes and Twitter).  Lots of #diabetes…

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On Being An Athlete.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By August 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 18 Comments

If this was college, and it was the night before the paper was due, I’d grab a dictionary and start feverishly typing the following:  “Webster’s dictionary defines ‘athlete’ as ‘a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.  Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein to contend for…

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Strip Safely: Managing Expectations.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By August 14, 2013 6 Comments

I didn’t expect my pancreas to stop producing insulin.  That was a monkey wrench tossed into my life just before starting second grade, leaving my childhood intact, but including synthetic insulin.  Since my diagnosis, I’ve been managing expectations.  Will I be able to graduate high school?  (Yes.)  Will I be able to make friends, have fun, find love?  (Yes.)  Will…

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FFL: Social Media as Part of the Prescription.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

At Friends for Life this  year, there was a special panel discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Moderated by members of the diabetes online community, the panelists included: Korey Hood, PhD – Associate Clinical Professor…

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Tuesday Tidbits.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By July 23, 2013 8 Comments

Yes, I already hate myself for using that awful title.  Sounds like it comes with a side of everything-in-the-desk-drawer-of-an-elementary-school-teacher.  I’m at the tail-end of a big writing project, so while my brain is mostly occupied by that, there are still thoughts, unrelated, that have managed to escape.  And here they are, in a bulleted list. The JDRF is looking for…

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