The Diabetic Survivor: Interview with the Artist

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By May 3, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

I love when diabetes goes visible.  Artistic interpretations of life with diabetes are my favorite, because they have this way of distilling diabetes down to a single image that says so much.  I felt that way when I stumbled upon thediabeticsurvivor’s Instagram account, where simple drawings spoke volumes about the emotional baggage of diabetes.  I love how his work peels back…

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A StayPut Medical Giveaway!

Dexcom, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 1, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , 89 Comments

A few months ago, I stumbled upon StayPut Medical and tried one of these overlay tapes out over a Dexcom G5 sensor.  And even with a history of wonky adhesive issues and easily irritated skin, this tape helped my sensor hold tight, without issue.   Thankful for the free trial sample and eager to share this “simple solution” with you…

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Urine Charge with the Pee Alarm

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories By April 30, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

Before I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I started wetting the bed.  I was six years old. We didn’t know to check for diabetes.  I wasn’t exhibiting any other symptoms.  But on a somewhat regular basis, my mother was changing my sheets and I was turning my pajamas into soggy bottoms. “What do we do?  What should we do?”…

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Talking with Patients and Purpose

SUM in Other Places By April 25, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

My advice when it comes to patient advocacy? “Remember the voice that doesn’t have the chance to raise itself.” Talking about patients, storytelling, and our responsibility as “advocates” with the team at Patients and Purpose. You might also like: These Boots Were Made For Talking. Type 1 Origins: Talking Comic Books with Partha Kar. Talking About Diabetes Burnout. Talking About…

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Victoza for T1D: A Few Weeks In.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 24, 2018 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

I’m on my fourth week of Victoza.  Here’s the good, the bad, and the reminder that none of this even remotely resembles medical advice for the love of Loopy. THE GOOD: My numbers have been excellent.  Truly excellent.  And I’m the last person who is going to post perfect CGM graphs all the live long day because I have always struggled…

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A Look at Body Posi Betes

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 23, 2018 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Georgie Peters when I was visiting Australia.  This woman is a force – a combination of positivity and raw honesty, writing about her lived experience with type 1 diabetes.  She’s written here before and today she’s visiting SixUntilMe to talk about her latest social movement of combining body positivity and diabetes….

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Visualizing Diabetes

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Healthcare, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 19, 2018 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Last week, I had the pleasure of connecting with Katie McCurdy through my work at The Patient Revolution, and she and I talked about her health visualization tool, Pictal.  (That interview can be found on the Patient Revolution blog.) From the article: “Pictal is a set of worksheets that patients can use to create a health history timeline and show…

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CGM: Cat Glucose Monitor?

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes By April 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

This post is from 8 years ago, originally published in 2010 on dLife as part of my column at Generation D.  (Man, this post is old.  This is before Birdy.)  Abby was the best cat ever (sorry, Siah), and her ability to sniff out a low blood sugar is only bested by my Dexcom.  Because I totally had a CGM…

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