SUM in Other Places

Food Frustrations.

Diet and Food, SUM in Other Places By July 31, 2015 3 Comments

“What frustrates you most as someone living with diabetes when eating out or attending an event that isn’t necessarily friendly to your dietary needs?  How do you overcome those challenges?” Diabetes makes food an out-of-the-gate loaded topic.  Food isn’t ever simply nourishment.  When I look at a plate of food, I see it as a math problem with a dozen…

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Running the Gamut of Emotions.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By July 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

In my diabetes life, emotions are right up there with insulin and food as influencers of blood sugar management.  And I wish it wasn’t so, because stress and excitement are hard to “plan.”  (Replace those actual quotation marks with finger quotes, because they fit the bill a bit better.)  And the emotions that come up as a result of diabetes…

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The Emerging Diabetes Online Community.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, SUM in Other Places By July 17, 2015 4 Comments

I’m really proud of this paper, The Emerging Diabetes Online Community, written with Marisa Hilliard, Jeff Hitchcock, Tamara Oser, and Korey Hood, about the diabetes online community and the importance of peer-to-peer support between patients on the Internet. The official abstract: “Diabetes self-management is complex and demanding, and isolation and burnout are common experiences. The Internet provides opportunities for people…

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Diabetes Connections, with Stacey Simms.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast, Psychosocial Support, SUM in Other Places By June 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

There’s a new podcast on the … block?  On the radio?  The Internet.  It’s definitely on the Internet.  And it’s brought to our community by one of our own – Stacey Simms, mom of a child with type 1 diabetes and a professional broadcast journalist.  In her new podcast, Diabetes Connections, Stacey is bringing those two passions together to inform…

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Balancing Diabetes: Siblings.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, SUM in Other Places By June 16, 2015 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

Back in March of 2014, my first book was published by Spry Publishing and it features a number of different voices from the diabetes community.  Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from Balancing Diabetes titled “Siblings,” which describes what diabetes looks like from the perspective of my brother and sister, and also from some siblings of people in the DOC.  Thanks…

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Chronicle. (See also: #dayofdiabetes)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By November 3, 2014 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

(Chronicle was a movie from a few years ago that I actually liked very much, even though it god a little crazypants towards the end.  Still, a quality film, IMO.) But today’s post is not about that movie.  It’s about chronicling a day with a chronic condition.  For Diabetes Awareness Month, I’m taking diabetes awareness to task by documenting the…

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Me and my Endo.

SUM in Other Places By September 17, 2014 3 Comments

My husband and I made a big deal the other day about how we had known each other for ten years.  “Such a long time!”  We clinked champagne glasses and toasted to the decade. Ten years is a long time. Thirteen years is even longer.  I’ve been seeing my endocrinologist for about thirteen years.  (Sorry, Chris.) “Relationship” feels like a…

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An In-Depth Look at the Diabetes UnConference.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships, SUM in Other Places By September 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Peer to peer support has been shown to be highly beneficial to those living with diabetes. The report, “Peer Support in Health – Evidence to Action,” summarizing findings from the first National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network shared that: “Among 20 studies of diabetes management, 19 showed statistically significant evidence of benefits of peer support.”  In keeping with that theme, The…

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The Baby-Sitters Club: Graphic Novel Review.

Diabetes Advocacy, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By August 19, 2014 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Stacey McGill had diabetes and – holy islets – she was cool. She was one of the lead characters in Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club series, acting as treasurer of the club.  You can go deep in this wiki, where Stacey is described as having “a very sophisticated style, which comes from having lived in New York. She loves…

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Friday Six: Masterlab, TypeOneNation, and Jim Turner!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places, The Friday Six By May 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

There used to be only six links, but I’ve made a mockery of that and now it’s a pig-pile of resources.  All clickable and informative, though, so dive right in!  –> Jim Turner has always been on my list of “awwww, isn’t he charming?” and the fact that he has type 1 diabetes didn’t hurt that sentiment.  This week, Christopher…

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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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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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