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Spare a Rose.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By January 31, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

They’re so often a symbol of love and romantic relationships, but lovely as they are, roses wilt within a week or two, and eventually end up discarded. Five dollars per rose, sixty dollars for a dozen. But the cost of those roses can provide life-sustaining insulin for a child with diabetes for an entire year. Through the Spare a Rose,…

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How Real Do You Want It?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching the articles about Lisa Bonchek Adams circle, ranging from the New York Times opinion piece by Bill Keller to the one written by Emma Keller (his wife) for The Guardian (which has been removed from The Guardian site but lives on in the archives), to the response piece written by Brian Loew…

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The Friday Six: Eyeballs, You Balls, We All Balls for Eyeballs!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places, The Friday Six By January 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Last night, my computer started to twitch because there were so many people sharing the link about Google developing a contact lens that monitors blood sugar levels through tears. Yep. “We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers…

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Guest Post: Someone Who Understands.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By December 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 21 Comments

Part of what drew me to the idea of creating a diabetes blog was the search for, and the hope of finding, people who understood.  Google was a dark abyss of bad news and depressing statistics; what I needed was to connect with others who were living life, with diabetes along for the ride.  That same connection still feels necessary,…

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Power of Patient Communities.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By December 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

At the end of November, I had the opportunity to contribute an article to Pharmaphorum, which is a UK-based publication with the mission to “connect healthcare thought leaders to support the pharma industry in delivering innovation.”  Thanks to the thoughtful responses from Bob Pederson, Shannon Marengo, Laura Gibson, and Melanie Bunda, I was able to highlight some of the benefits…

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Another #DayOfDiabetes, Twitter-Style.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

For World Diabetes Day yesterday, I attempted to participate in another round of #dayofdiabetes, using Twitter to log the different nuances of a day with type 1 diabetes.  It was a tougher day than normal, Internet-wise, because I spent the morning in the plane and the rest of the afternoon with very limited access to Wifi, but it was World…

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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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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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Sort-Of Guest Post: What Do You Wish Health Care Professionals Knew?

Uncategorized By August 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

[Hey guys.  This post was not written by me, but was instead written on my behalf. It’s more streamlined and professional, and I didn’t want to toss it out there without some kind of explanation or positioning.  Take a look, read through, and please do participate if you’re inclined.  Also, please share this post if you’d like to help highlight…

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Super Friends.

Diabetes Community By December 30, 2005 Tags: , , No Comments

I received this comment today from a self-proclaimed Anonymous Lurker. She’s a mother with a recently diagnosed 8 year old. I’ve posted her question below. If you have any words of wisdom for A.L.M. (Anonymous Lurker Mom), please offer them up. She’s looking for our collective advice on this:  “Hi Kerri. I’m a regular lurker and I have a question to put…

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