Psychosocial Support

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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Diabetes Food Lies.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diet and Food, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 41 Comments

So many rules were slapped into place immediately upon diagnosis, with diabetes feeling like a disease of “don’ts.”  Don’t eat cookies, don’t forget to measure your food, don’t leave the house without your meter or insulin or glucose tabs, don’t go to bed without checking your blood sugar, don’t eat too much sugar-free candy or else you will take up…

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Missed Manners.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By February 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 60 Comments

So this popped up as a Q&A in a recent Miss Manners column: “DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a businessman who frequently flies both domestically and internationally. I also happen to be an insulin-dependent diabetic.  I currently do my glucose testing in my seat. It does involve using a lancet device to get a drop of blood to test, but…

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Diabetes Art Day: PWD Paper Dolls.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By February 3, 2014 Tags: , , , 10 Comments

A few weeks, ago, I stumbled upon some really excellent paper dolls created by Hannah at LightBulbBooks.  Her aim was to create something that encouraged interests in science and engineering for young girls, and I loved her creations.  Birdy and I printed them out, colored them, and played for hours, talking about how she could be a scientist, if she…

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Outrun Diabetes with Sébastien Sasseville.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

“I explained what you were doing to my daughter, the whole running across Canada thing, and she stopped what she was doing, looked me right in the eye, and said, ‘Why is he doing that?’” Seb laughed. “So that’s the question I’m opening with – why are you doing this?  Why are you running across Canada?” “I’m taking this on…

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Looking Back: Hawkey Playah.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By January 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

It’s a balmy 8 degrees in Rhode Island this morning, and we’re snapping icicles off of everything by the dozen.  Going out into the driveway and attempting to get into the car becomes an accidental hockey rink.  Which reminded me of the time a lady caught me changing my infusion set in a restaurant bathroom and then talking about her…

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How It Might Look.

Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 28, 2014 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

Birdy tore by on a scooter and another little kid followed closely with a plastic shopping cart crammed with toy food. “We’re superheroes!!!”  she yelled, out of breath as she zipped by. “I can tell!” I answered, looking up from my papers. I am the mom at playgroups who spends some of the time staring at an open Word document…

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How Real Do You Want It?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching the articles about Lisa Bonchek Adams circle, ranging from the New York Times opinion piece by Bill Keller to the one written by Emma Keller (his wife) for The Guardian (which has been removed from The Guardian site but lives on in the archives), to the response piece written by Brian Loew…

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Make a Difference For One.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By January 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

An ode to the community I respect so much, and one that doesn’t simply exist “online.”  Diabetes advocacy takes shape in the smallest actions – you don’t have to be a “blogger” in order to make a difference.  Make a Difference for One. We’re united by beta cells on a long break.We’re united by know just how much it takesTo…

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