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Guest Post: E-Patient Dave Takes on T2D.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By November 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

Dave deBronkart and I met several years ago through patient advocacy and online connection points, and I’ve followed his health story as he has simultaneously followed mine.  Dave comes from the perspective of a cancer survivor who almost died and has turned his “free replay in life” into a crusade to open healthcare’s minds to the idea of partnering with…

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Diabetes Relics: Accu-Chek II.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support By September 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

[here’s a link to a full size photo] Scanned from the pages of the Fall 1986 issue of “Diabetes Forecast: The newsletter for people who live with diabetes,” this was my first glucose meter. Next week marks 28 years with type 1 diabetes for me, and looking back at the technology I used upon diagnosis, I see how far things…

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Photo-A-Day: Past.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By November 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

Three months after I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I went to my first sleep over birthday party.  My friend Jill was turning seven, and even though my pancreas had just gone on its permanent sabbatical, I was still able to go to the birthday party. (Thanks to my mother, who drove over and spent a few hours hanging…

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Postcards from Eddie.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes By July 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

Sometimes the only concrete proof that diabetes hasn’t been with me forever are the cards my classmates sent.  Made from Manila paper, the kind found in abundance in elementary school, the kids in my class used their Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils and a fistful of crayons to let me know they were thinking about me. “Dear Kerri, I heard…

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