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Stigmatized Secrets.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 34 Comments

I’ve spent the last few weeks keeping watch on the My Diabetes Secrets Tumblr account (a version of Diabetes PostSecret – more here) and these two submissions keep leaping out at me: The submissions as stand-alone pieces make me feel like I’m trying to shove limitless emotions into a Ziploc bag, but what kills me is that these were submitted…

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What A Low Blood Sugar Feels Like.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By November 7, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 115 Comments

Across the board, a low blood sugar seems to be considered as anything under 70 mg/dL.  Revisiting the American Diabetes Association’s website this morning offers up a list of symptoms of low blood sugar, like: Shakiness Nervousness or anxiety Sweating, chills and clamminess Irritability or impatience Confusion, including delirium Rapid/fast heartbeat Lightheadedness or dizziness Hunger and nausea Sleepiness Blurred/impaired vision…

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National Diabetes Awareness American Month Diabetes … Month?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By November 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 61 Comments

It’s National Diabetes Month, according to the President.  And American Diabetes Month, according to the ADA.  It’s Press Release Inundation Month, according to people who work for companies looking to connect with the diabetes community.  But for people living with diabetes, November.  And it’s also our chance to raise more awareness for our health condition/disease/whatever you’d like to call it….

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Of Cocktails and Community

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By October 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 19 Comments

“So what you should do is see what people are searching for and then carefully tailor your posts to draw in those searches.  Pick the search engine terms that there isn’t a high competition for, giving you an advantage in Google’s search algorithm.” The example he used was pretty simple:  “10 Best Cocktails for People with Diabetes” In a discussion…

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The Friday Six: Poutine Edition.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, The Friday Six By October 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

I have some very useful, informative links to share today, but before I do, I have to admit:  I don’t like poutine.  It looks like discarded fries that someone fished out of a garbage can.  My husband loves the stuff and is trying to convince me that it’s a delicacy, but I’m not converting.  Being in Montreal this week for…

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Extracare Your FACE … and Your Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Products, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By October 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

I spend a fair amount of time, and money, at CVS.  First off, they’re a Rhode Island-based company (anchored in Woonsocket, RI, which is a town name that’s fun to say), and secondly, as a person with diabetes, a woman, a mom, and someone who doesn’t plan ahead much and often needs emergency items at midnight, CVS is one of…

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Why Accuracy Matters.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By September 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Glucose meter results matter because our lives matter.   Why does accuracy matter to you? You might also like: Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters. Masterlab: Tides are Rising. 5,000 Names Needed. Diabetes Access Matters.

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5,000 Names Needed.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By August 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 14 Comments

There’s a petition circulating to add diabetes as a disease topic to be discussed over the next five years.  Diabetes, despite the number of people touched by it, isn’t on the list. Yet.  If we can gain 5,000 signatures on this petition, we have a better chance of adding diabetes to the discussion docket, helping improve the lives of those…

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Roulette.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By August 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I test my blood sugars between 8 – 15 times per day, depending on trends, travel, exercise, food, and other variables.  I correct highs.  I treat lows.  I make a lot of decisions based on these numbers, and it scares the hell out of me to think that they might not be right. Food for thought. You might also like:…

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Partnering for Diabetes Change.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By June 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Will you be at the CWD Friends for Life conference? There’s panel taking place, discussing “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media,” focusing on efforts to validate the role of peer-to-peer support in diabetes management.  Here are some details: I am proudly involved with this project, and am inspired by…

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