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Think Like a Pancreas: The Blog.

Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Pumping Insulin By April 4, 2014 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

I’ve known Gary for several years, and most of my interactions with him have been silly (confessing that my daughter busts out dance moves to the Philadelphia 76er’s theme song), so I leaned on his website to pull a formal bio description.  “An award-winning Certified Diabetes Educator, Masters-level Exercise Physiologist and person with type-1 diabetes since 1985, Gary Scheiner has…

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The Art of Compliance.

Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, SUM in Other Places By April 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 14 Comments

Is the word “compliance” frightfully out-dated? Or misunderstood? This month, “compliance” is the word under investigation over at diaTribe, with some crowd-sourced input from fellow people with diabetes, stemming from the Facebook question, “As people with diabetes, how does the word ‘compliance’ strike you? (Positively? Negatively? Apathetically?)” “As with everything related to diabetes, your mileage may vary, and the concept…

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What’s Your Itch?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By April 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

My “diabetes advocacy itch” has always been emotional health.  I’m not a doctor and I don’t know everything about type 1 diabetes, but I do know that I pay more attention to my diabetes when my head is in a healthy space, and being tuned in to diabetes improves outcomes, for me.  Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, upset … any kind of…

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Excited About Exercise … Again?

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Exercise & Fitness By April 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

I’m climbing up on a new bandwagon. Oh hell yes I am, and I needed one.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve completely fallen off in terms of exercise.  I could blame the endless winter weather, or work, or the endless fuzzy hairballs that are Loopy and Siah, but the truth is, I just got lazy.  Laziness turned into apathy,…

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YCDT: Encouraging Independence.

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support By April 1, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

There’s an excellent, and inspiring, new You Can Do This video centered on parents helping their children with diabetes gain independence. From the YCDT site:  “Independence in any aspect of a teen’s life can be a double-edged sword for parents – while parents want their children to be capable, that same capability is the gateway to their separation and evolution…

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The Friday Six: FDA, Competitive Bidding, and Double-Dutch.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, The Friday Six By March 28, 2014 5 Comments

The weekend is SO CLOSE.  I’m wearing a path through this busy Friday with a Friday Six: The FDA is listening, and if you want them to hear from you, you can join the discussion on Monday.  “Whether you want to just listen to the interview to get informed, ask relevant questions to better understand the medical device regulatory process…

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Wordless Wednesday: Diabetes Blog Search Terms.

Diabetes Online Community By March 26, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

(There are words, but they are photos of words, so that’s a technical win, yes?  These are some of the search terms that brought people to Six Until Me this morning, and they pretty much run the gamut.) It always comes back to Nutella. You might also like: Wordless Wednesday: Birdzone in the LHJ Zone. Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday….

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Guest Post: A Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By March 19, 2014 18 Comments

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in some cases, that necessity comes with a side of love. My dear friend Dana Lewis (who threatens to wash my mouth out with soap every time I curse) and her amazing boyfriend, Scott Leibrand, have created a “Do It Yourself Pancreas System” that is revolutionizing not only Dana’s diabetes confidence, but potentially…

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Learning from Mistakes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 14, 2014 14 Comments

I make so many mistakes, but I’m grateful for a supportive community that inspires me to learn … both from mistakes, and from their collective experiences. (Holy crap am I sorry I talked so fast in that clip.  It was like NaNoWriMo hosted by one breath.) You might also like: To A Crisp. Learning from my Peers. The People in…

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The One About Balancing Diabetes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By March 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Life with diabetes isn’t about the diabetes itself, but about the life it’s a part of.  There is a life to be found after diagnosis, and it’s a good one.  Being able to take a blood sugar and remove the blame and guilt from that result, focusing only on the actions needed to correct that number or duplicate it?  Viewing…

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Focus: Diabetes Things I Like.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

(Revisiting and revising a post from several years ago🙂 Even though I do not like the disease, there are some diabetes-related simple pleasures that make me smile: I like the feeling of satisfaction when I change the Dexcom sensor and the pump infusion set at the same time. I like having the tune of “Fur Elise” memorized. I also have…

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More on Redefining the “Diabetes Diet.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Diet and Food, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 26, 2014 7 Comments

In keeping with the thought process from yesterday (talking about what makes me view food choices as something to hide), I wanted to reshared this video from last year about redefining my perception of what a “diabetes diet” really means. I don’t want to view food as something I’m punishing or rewarding myself with.  But that mindset is hard to…

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