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Guest Post: A Note to My Newly-Diagnosed Self

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By May 30, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Today, thanks to a very generous reader named Cathy Fisher, I’m able to host a guest post about being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult in the form of a letter from Cathy, to her newly-diagnosed self.  Cathy was diagnosed November of 2003 at age 18, in her first semester of college. At the time, she was the first diabetic she knew. She…

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Guest Post: Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny.

Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By October 9, 2015 Tags: , , , 22 Comments

There’s power to the “me, too!” moments for sure, but there’s vulnerability involved in raising your hand first to say, “Me.”  Today, I have a guest post from a writer who wished to stay anonymous but who is looking for others who may have experienced something similar to what they went through.  If you’ve ever passed out or had a…

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Guest Post: Let’s Talk About It.

Diabetes Complications, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Diagnosed with type 1 at age 15, Kimberly Hislop has been living with diabetes for 18 years. She’s been an insulin pumper since 2009.  Kim is currently studying psychology with hopes of one day working with people who have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses. She’s been a guest speaker for pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, teaching about diabetic complications…

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#WalkWithD: John’s Story.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By October 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was seeking to learn more about my peers with diabetes, specifically folks with type 2 diabetes.  Living with type 1 diabetes myself, it’s hard to me to “walk a mile in their shoes,” so to speak, when I felt so uninformed about type 2 diabetes in the first place.  A few…

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Guest Post: Telltale Signs That I Have Low Blood Sugar.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By December 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

My low blood sugar “tells” have changed over the last twenty-seven years, ranging from numb lips to crying jags to shaky hands.  The scariest symptom of all, though, has been the complete absence of symptoms, which is part of the reason why using a CGM has been such a big leap forward for me.  Dan Fleshler has had type 1…

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Guest Post: Preparing for the Unimaginable.

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By November 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Today’s guest post from Laura Billetdeaux, who landed at LAX last week during the time frame of the incident at the airport.  As the parent of a son with type 1 diabetes, the day’s events had her playing through many “what ifs.”  This is her account of her experiences: Last Friday, my flight from Detroit to LAX began its final…

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