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Looking Back: I’m Fine.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community By June 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Revisiting a post from October 2012 about that concept of, “I’m fine.”  Because, even though I have diabetes, I am fine, but there is that … thing.  *   *   * “You have diabetes?  You seem fine.” “I am fine.” On an average day, diabetes falls under the “annoying but tolerable” category.  I test my blood sugar, wear any combination of…

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The Friendly Skies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Traveling By June 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

“Hi there.  Are you the guy who is responsible for this section of the plane?” He was holding a tray of drinks and paused to contemplate my question.  “I suppose I am.  I am responsible!  Now I feel powerful!”  He flexed, as much as he could in the limited corridor. “Awesome.  I don’t mean to trouble you, but I am…

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A #dayofdiabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By May 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

There’s not much of an option for a day without diabetes, but sometimes the friends and acquaintances I’ve made through social media aren’t as acutely aware of the food math and thought process behind each insulin dose decision, so I’m jumping on the #dayofdiabetes bandwagon. Chris Snider at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia took up the challenge of “live-tweeting” a day…

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Diabetes and Twitter: 101.

Diabetes Community By May 14, 2013 Tags: No Comments

One of the Friends for Life sessions that I co-lead with my favorite tall guy, Scott Johnson, was about finding diabetes support through social media.  (More on that session this week, but I wanted to get this post up today because there’s a diabetes chat that takes place on Wednesday nights.)  While that session had it’s own discussion points and…

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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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