Psychosocial Support

Of Cocktails and Community

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By October 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 19 Comments

“So what you should do is see what people are searching for and then carefully tailor your posts to draw in those searches.  Pick the search engine terms that there isn’t a high competition for, giving you an advantage in Google’s search algorithm.” The example he used was pretty simple:  “10 Best Cocktails for People with Diabetes” In a discussion…

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Halloween Prep and Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Between the finishing up of Birdy’s Spidergirl costume (a labor-and-tulle intensive endeavor), carving our pumpkin (she wanted a big Batman signal on it this year), and the creation of a cemetery cake (which Birdzone renamed “the grave garden” – a name I like more than the original), we’re getting our Halloween on here in a big way. Way back in…

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The People in the Computer.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , 20 Comments

Who are the people in your computer?  (In your computer … in your com-puuuuuter …)  For me, a whole community of people with diabetes live just a click away. You might also like: Unraveling the UnConference. Guest Post: Someone Who Understands. If I Knew Then: Diabetes Blogging. An In-Depth Look at the Diabetes UnConference.

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One Size.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 16, 2013 Tags: , 7 Comments

“Just bolus fifteen minutes before you eat, and you won’t see that post-prandial spike.” “Just bolus thirty-five minutes before you eat, and you won’t see a post-prandial spike.” “Have you thought about Levemir?” “Have you tried Apridra?” “Have you seen any difference between Humalog and Novolog?” “If I use the Opsite tape, I can get a sensor to stay on…

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Guest Post: See You in the Slipstream!

Exercise & Fitness, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support By October 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Virtue Bajurny calls herself  “a Type 1” and has had diabetes for 20 years. Until finding Connected in Motion she hadn’t been able to meet and befriend another Type 1. She lives in Toronto, but now calls Connected in Motion home. She is a social worker and is currently working as the Community Manager for Connected in Motion.  And today,…

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Revisiting Resolutions.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Almost a year ago, I resolved (in that non-resolution sort of way) to aim for more balance in 2013. Now it’s October, and I’m fairly sure the quest for some kind of balance wasn’t entirely achieved.  But that’s okay, right? Maybe it’s not about achieving balance, but staying in constant pursuit of it. Did you set resolutions for 2013?  Now…

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Breaking New Ground.

Diabetes and Emotions, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By October 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

I know exactly where the “half mile” point it, because I’ve run that trail so many times I don’t even need RunKeeper on to track how far I’ve gone.  The same tree is overgrown in a spot by the bridge where I have to duck my head just a little bit to keep from being tagged in the face by…

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So Cheered Up.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By October 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

“How about something that is cheered up and happy?”  She pointed to the image of the dark blue make-up bag I was considering buying from Amazon to serve as a new meter case.  “That’s boring.” “Good point.  What would you prefer I use?” Her tiny Bird-brow furrowed.  “Maybe something with a face.” Which brought us to this: I’m an adult,…

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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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