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Signing off

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Website Information By May 4, 2019 Tags: , , , 82 Comments

This is weird. I don’t know what to say in a last blog post, because it makes it seem like a black hole is going to open up and suck me into it once I hit “publish.” (I really hope that doesn’t happen, because I still need to shower. I’d hate to be stuck in some Interstellar purgatory and have…

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Goodnight Blog

Diabetes Poetry, Uncategorized By May 3, 2019 Tags: , , , , 18 Comments

A parody of Goodnight Moon, a very lovely book that my son loves, written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd. And please forgive me for the excessive posting this week, as I’m just getting it out of my system. ūüôā See you tomorrow for the last round. In the world wide webThere was a blogosphereAnd a PWDAnd a…

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What I’ve Learned After 14 Years of Blogging About My Health

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By April 29, 2019 Tags: , , , 11 Comments

This Saturday will mark 14 years of blogging. Here’s some of what I’ve learned … Technically-speaking? Put the word “diabetes” in your blog title. Invest in a full-throated URL (instead of a .blogger or .wordpress site). Spellcheck and grammar check every single post. Use images, as they are nice and help flesh out your content. Back your content up. I’ll…

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Thoughts on Being a Mom with T1D

Diabetic Mommy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By April 23, 2019 Tags: , , 11 Comments

Being a mom with type 1 diabetes isn’t something I think about often because, on the average, run-of-the-mill day, diabetes doesn’t influence the way I mom. (And as the mother of two very active kids, “to mom” is definitely a verb. We don’t sit still very often.) Being pregnant with type 1 diabetes was very intense and on the forefront…

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Attention: Partners of PWD

Uncategorized By April 22, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Hi again! I accidentally took a week off from blogging while traveling, so I’m catching up by over-posting. But this is important to me because it helps shine a light on how type 1 diabetes affects significant others, it boosts the amazing work of Dr. Bill Polonsky and his team, and it helps further psychosocial research. I’m a fan of…

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Travelbetes: Wherever EuGo Giveaway!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Traveling By April 22, 2019 Tags: , , 85 Comments

Last week, we were away for my daughter’s April break, visiting South Carolina for the first time. (Our original plan was to visit Copenhagen but that whole deal was derailed by the grounding of the Max 8 planes … long story made much, much shorter: we ended up in Charleston, SC for the week.) Traveling with the four of us…

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Making it Work

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 10, 2019 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Sometimes, I see things and I think they are a wonderful visual representation of diabetes, like the game Perfection. And this pot. My blood sugars are a heavy pot of boiling water. A rolling boil, the ones where you look at the water and see the bubbles coming up like predictable and methodical pewter poetry. Scary if I were to…

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Under the Influence

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By March 29, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

My parents made me check my blood sugar before getting behind the wheel when I was a teenager. If I wanted the keys, I had to be responsible without fail, and I had their trust unless I broke the rules. No exceptions. No excuses. I started driving in 1995, so my means for blood sugar checks were limited to a…

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A New Low

Blood Sugars, Real Life Diabetes By March 18, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Every few years, my symptoms of low blood sugars morph a bit. When I was first diagnosed, numb lips and quick tears were my reflex symptom. The emotional uptick would hit first, and I knew things were going south quickly once my mouth and tongue would go numb. This caused a lot of slurred speech during hypoglycemic events, an immediate…

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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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The Friday Six on a TUESDAY what is happening

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By February 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Hi there. ¬†How are you? … No, really. ¬†How ARE you? I’m good. ¬†Thanks for checking in to ask. Keeping it casual here in my digital house because I don’t have the desire for carefully crafted sentences and overly oppressive narrative structure. ¬†Just felt like writing and sharing some links. ¬†It’s kind of like a Friday Six, only on a…

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Pardon My Pancreas: Talkin’ About T1D and Pregnancy

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Podcast By February 19, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Quick post to share a link to the Pardon My Pancreas podcast featuring some diabetes and pregnancy talk with host Matt¬†Vande Vegte: If you have 30 min to fill, take a listen. ¬†And thanks again to the team at Pardon My Pancreas for having me on. You might also like: Diabetes Connections, with Stacey Simms. Podcast Alert With My Whole…

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Random Number Generator

Blood Sugars By February 11, 2019 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Sometimes my glucose meter feels like a random number generator. (And for people who read Friday’s post and thought this blog was immediately archived, it’s still live and will be updated until May 4th. Check back when you feel like it for new content, and then it’ll go Rip Van Winkletown in May. <3) You might also like: Five Random…

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With My Whole Heart (and What’s Left of My Pancreas)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By February 8, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 69 Comments

When I was a lot younger, I thought about my 40th birthday as so far in the future and potentially scary. I didn’t know how I would feel. I didn’t know if I’d still be healthy. I didn’t know if I would be happy. Also, what the hell middle aged?! Today is my birthday. I’m turning 40. I feel pretty…

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Myabetic Giveaway – Unicorn Sparkle Time

Diabetes Products, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By February 5, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 56 Comments

I love, love, love all of the Myabetic options. From the Kerri bag (bias alert!) to the dinosaur meter case, the Myabetic team finds a way to make diabetes functional, fashionable, and fun. And their newest bag is no exception. Check out this unicorn cutie: ‚ÄúDiabetes care needs a little sparkle,” said Kyrra Richards, founder of Myabetic. “As a mom…

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YouTube, Diabetes, and &: An Interview with Diabetic Danica

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By February 4, 2019 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Some people are just¬†nice, and then you find out they also have diabetes and becomes a happy moment of “YES!!!” This is what meeting Danica, aka Diabetic Danica, is like. She’s kind, easy to talk to, and just happens to have amazing hair. ¬†Oh, and diabetes. She’s been creating videos that showcase her upbeat, positive take on diabetes since 2011,…

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