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Close Encounters of the Pancreatic Kind

Diabetes Community By September 5, 2018 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Two chance diabetes encounters while traveling two weeks ago.  This conversation took place in the lobby of our hotel in Bar Harbor, Maine: “Excuse me?  Is that your bag?” The lady in the hotel lobby pointed at my tote bag, the one that said Children with Diabetes on it, the yellow smiley face grinning out at her. “It is,” I…

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Diabetes Club

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By July 24, 2018 Tags: , , 5 Comments

1st Rule: You do NOT  talk about diabetes. 2nd Rule: … just kidding, of course you can talk about diabetes. 3rd Rule: If someone says “I’m low” or goes limp, grab some Glucolift. 4th Rule: Only two CGM transmitters to an order. 5th Rule: One snack at a time. 6th Rule: No insulin, no bolus. 7th Rule: Diabetes will go on…

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Dia-Be-Tees Giveaway

Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes By June 28, 2018 Tags: , , , 101 Comments

Yeah, another giveaway.  But HELL YEAH because giveaways are awesome because they support the diabetes community, signal boost a small business, and provide something diabetes-nice to counteract the diabetes-crumbs that can bring you down.  A little lift is good. Today, I’ve partnered with Rachael from Dia-Be-Tees for a fun t-shirt giveaway.  I found her store today after doing a search…

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Magic Kingdom, Magic Bathrooms.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By July 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

“Is that an insulin pump?” I was standing outside of the stall in a bathroom in Tomorrowland, waiting for my daughter to wash her hands. “Yes, on my arm here?  Yes, it is.”  I pointed to the infusion set on my right arm, the tubing snaking back up my sleeve into my dress. “Oh!”  The lady smiled really big, relieved. …

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Boop Beep Boop.

Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By April 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

“Boop beep boop!” The sound is unmistakable, as it used to ring out from my hip for so many years.  That noise, the sound of a Medtronic insulin pump alerting for whatever reason, used to be my soundtrack before Fur Elise and the “boop boop boop!” of the Animas pump replaced it. “Boop beep boop!” I was sitting outside of…

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HealtheVoices 2015: Stepping Outside the Diabetes Bubble.

Uncategorized By April 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Getting all my disclosures out of the way first:  I am on the advisory board for this conference and also presented as a speaker.  My travel, lodging, and expenses for the conference were covered by Janssen, and I was compensated for my participation and my consultation.  My opinions on the process and the conference are mine, but admittedly influenced.  Bias…

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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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Drafting Off #DSMA: Diabetes Job Description.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I love tuning in to the diabetes discussions on Twitter – they are always insightful and make me see things through a different (insulin-colored?) lens. The final question of last night’s #dsma chat really brought out some interesting responses: Q4 At the time of diagnosis, would it have been helpful to be offered a Position Description for life with diabetes?…

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Learning from my Peers.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

“All those stereotypes about type 2 diabetes?  I used to believe them, and I worked to distance myself from them,” I said. Cue my blush of shame and embarrassment. “I’m sorry I thought those things.  And the main reason I don’t feel that way anymore is thanks to the advocacy work of my peers with type 2 diabetes.  People who…

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