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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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Travelbetes: Wherever EuGo Giveaway!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Traveling By April 22, 2019 Tags: , , 85 Comments

Last week, we were away for my daughter’s April break, visiting South Carolina for the first time. (Our original plan was to visit Copenhagen but that whole deal was derailed by the grounding of the Max 8 planes … long story made much, much shorter: we ended up in Charleston, SC for the week.) Traveling with the four of us…

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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: , 8 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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Evidence-Based Hope

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 21, 2019 Tags: , 3 Comments

Evidence-based hope. I can get on board with that. Check out this really great video from the TCOYD team, featuring Steve and Bill talking about all the reasons we can feel hopeful as PWD. <3 You might also like: Bag of Hope … For Adults? Still Here: Evidence Hope vs. Fear: The Video Edition. Plant-Based Faceplant.

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The Friday Six on a TUESDAY what is happening

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By February 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Hi there.  How are you? … No, really.  How ARE you? I’m good.  Thanks for checking in to ask. Keeping it casual here in my digital house because I don’t have the desire for carefully crafted sentences and overly oppressive narrative structure.  Just felt like writing and sharing some links.  It’s kind of like a Friday Six, only on a…

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Oh Mickey, You’re So Fine

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By February 22, 2019 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

With a (semi-organized) stash of yarn and a growing list of crochet projects for friends and family always in development, I have a soft spot for fellow PWD crafters. This week, I saw a post from Becky Thomson roll by in my Facebook feed and I stopped, because she was making awesome mouse ears to help fund her travel to…

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Pardon My Pancreas: Talkin’ About T1D and Pregnancy

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By February 19, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Quick post to share a link to the Pardon My Pancreas podcast featuring some diabetes and pregnancy talk with host Matt Vande Vegte: If you have 30 min to fill, take a listen.  And thanks again to the team at Pardon My Pancreas for having me on. You might also like: Diabetes Connections, with Stacey Simms. Podcast Alert With My Whole…

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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: , , , , , 67 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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YouTube, Diabetes, and &: An Interview with Diabetic Danica

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By February 4, 2019 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Some people are just nice, and then you find out they also have diabetes and becomes a happy moment of “YES!!!” This is what meeting Danica, aka Diabetic Danica, is like. She’s kind, easy to talk to, and just happens to have amazing hair.  Oh, and diabetes. She’s been creating videos that showcase her upbeat, positive take on diabetes since 2011,…

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You’re Just My Type: Photography, Advocacy, and T1D

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By January 21, 2019 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

There have been a lot of personal profiles and interviews on SUM this month, because I’m finally making good on my resolution to spotlight more amazing PWD. Today, I’m checking in with Laura Pavlakovich from You’re Just My Type about photography, advocacy, and type 1 diabetes. Kerri:  Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today, Laura! Can you please…

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Diabetics Doing Things: Talking with Rob Howe

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By January 14, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

We met for the first time about two years ago at a JDRF TypeOneNation in Dallas, and over the last few years, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the community that Rob Howe is building through his podcast, Diabetics Doing Things.  Today, Rob is visiting SixUntilMe to share his diabetes diagnosis, how he ended up starting a podcast, and a curious little…

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FTF Warrior: An Interview with Matt Vande Vegte

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By January 8, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Instagram introduced me to Matt and his FTF Warrior team, and I’ve been following along on their journey via social media since. We met in person at the TCOYD ONE in San Diego a few months ago, and having a chance to talk with Matt, his wife (and business partner) Lisa, his sister (also a T1D), and several other members…

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Podcast: Dads and Diabetes

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By December 6, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

New podcasts keep popping up all over the place, and the diabetes world is no exception.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across several that I’ll be highlighting here, starting today with the Dads and Diabetes podcast.  Mark and Alan, the podcast co-hosts, join me today for an informal interview.  (All my interviews are informal.  🙂 ) Kerri:  Thanks…

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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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