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growing up with diabetes

Wouldn’t It Be Great?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Tech, Real Life Diabetes By March 11, 2019 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Poking around in that box that’s been hiding in every iteration of “home” for the better part of a decade, I found another writing sample from what looks like third grade. (No date on the piece of paper, but third grade is where we learned cursive, so this is either the end of third grade/fourth grade time of my life….

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Running Resolutions

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Memories, Uncategorized By March 6, 2019 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Seems like there’s been a yearly theme since … like 1986. I found this paper in a box in my basement, one that had been given to me by my father years ago as he was cleaning out our family home. I’ve had it for ages but it’s taken me until this week to start going through it. I found…

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“You shed de esh word.”

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Insulin, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

I’m from a very big family – my mother is one of seven and my dad is one of five, for starters – so I had plenty of relatives who used to babysit for me when I was small.  Overnight visits at my aunts’ houses were part of the fun, and I always looked forward to them.  (Because – let’s…

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Hand Holding

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 31, 2018 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

In the course of my experiences as an advocate for diabetes, I’ve had people ask me what my parents did to help me become a well-adjusted adult with diabetes. And after I stop laughing at the clearly loose definition of the phrase “well-adjusted,” I realize that I have the support of my friends and family to thank for my diabetes…

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Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

People ask me why this conference matters, why the organization matters, and it’s sometimes hard to sum up.  What’s so great about sitting in a room full of people with diabetes?  Isn’t it like surrounding yourself with a reminder of something that is a pain in the butt (diabetes)?  Doesn’t it suck to talk about diabetes all the time? DUDE….

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Olive You.

Diet and Food By March 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

“You don’t like seafood?!” This wasn’t ever issued like a real question, but more an accusation, a verbal finger pointed at my face.  “You live in Rhode Island and you don’t like seafood like at all?” Usually I’d say, “I just don’t care for it very much,” but I am really thinking, “EW! It’s weird and it smells terrible and…

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Looking Back: Taking the Plunge.

Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 31, 2015 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Summer is coming to a close over here and as we prepare to send Birdzone to kindergarten, I am spending the last few days of summer with my child velcro’d to me.  In an appreciation for family and for how mine handled diabetes as I was growing up, I wanted to look back at a post from five years ago…

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