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  1. Lyn Fenton
    Lyn Fenton September 22, 2012 at 7:51 am | | Reply

    Wil, what is a FWD? Assume you didn’t mean PWD since you used it several times.

    1. May
      May February 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm | | Reply

      Chuck Eichten has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. He has werittn a book called, The Book of Better targeted at anyone with diabetes. The book’s all encompassing message to you: that perfect isn’t possible but improvement always is so why not strive for that?. Talk about hitting the nail on the head.The book is werittn in an extremely straight forward style, suitable to those who respond to that and perhaps, most any man. It’s a really witty book, includes fun visual art and a lot of aesthetic appeal (with exception of some white font on yellow background-well at least it’s large white font). This comes as no surprise since Chuck Eichten is Nike’s creative director. In fact, Nike’s timeless Just Do It slogan totally relates to this book, which admittedly delighted me to no end.I have to say, I felt like boxing with the author a couple times. He says insulin pumps are the Best Available Treatment . I agree on the condition that it is actually what works best for someone. And someone isn’t equivalent to everyone. I haven’t had an A1c over 6.0% in over 5 years and I’ve never had a seizure or passed out from a low and I don’t use a pump. I did for seven years and it did not work for me. In Eichten’s opinion, you’re crazy if you have access to a pump but don’t have one. He talks about how pumps allow a person the flexibility to sleep in late, to skip meals or snack in between them, and to be more sexy on dates because it’s probably more of a turn on to be on a first date and hit some buttons on a gadget that’s mysteriously connected to you by tubing than to inject a needle at the table. I use Lantus and Humalog insulin and between the two I can sleep in and skip meals and frankly, I feel sexier when I’m not connected to the pump. It’s just easier to move around and wear dresses and door knobs don’t yank me back by two feet of tubing. And also, Chuck, how do you test your blood sugar? Because the only way I can do it is by bleeding. And I don’t know anyone who finds bleeding sexy. But I know of someone, who find me sexy whether I’m connected to a pump or injecting a shot or pricking my finger. So for me, the human element is the key. Though, many might agree with you and that’s the beauty of it I suppose. It would just be nice to have the other option properly acknowledged because it can and does work for some people.I can’t help but wonder if this hailing of the pump is partly one person’s way of supporting technology to continue advancing for our benefit. If that’s the case, then great and thank you. But I worry about those who can’t get access to a pump, who hear that they are the best thing, and then lose all hope in their MDI. And we all know how important it is that people have hope, right? In all essence it’s like we’re in the same league, playing on different teams, but with the same end goal of winning in mind.Enough about pumps! The book, for me, is an awesome dose of perspective. At least once every chapter I exclaimed, YES! out loud, prompting my husband to ask me what the commotion was all about. The author does a fantastic job of confronting the root issues that people have with certain aspects of life with diabetes and then he explains them in a way that makes a person realize he is right and our excuses are absolutely useless.For example, I have long been in an internal battle over the Yes I can eat that campaign. I feel like yes I can but, I want to be healthy so often, no I can’t You know what I mean? Well, the author reminds us that there are two conditions to the yes I can eat that . We’re empowered patients, after all. People with type 1 can eat anything but if they’re smart, they are going to be picky about when and how much they eat, not because they are strict and deny themselves pleasure, but because they know they deserve to take care of themselves. This is a really powerful message and there are many like this in the book regarding diet and exercise and one’s attitude. By the way, Chuck eats a totally unhealthy breakfast every day and impressively balances it out in real life way you will want to read about.This book does another fine thing by reasoning with our emotions and appealing to our genuine worries. For example he says, You are not boring, you are consistent . People think it’s fun and attractive to be spontaneous and diabetes tries to challenge us on that. And the author is reminding us that the fact of the matter is diabetes likes consistency and if we try to keep some things consistent, we’ll be better off.He also heavily promotes that all people with diabetes move each day. Instead of sounding like a doctor you’ll be healthier, your risk for heart disease will be lower , the author actually goes to the true places in all of us and mentions how, for example, if we move more, we’ll spark a chain of events that will ultimately

  2. Betty
    Betty September 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm | | Reply

    FWD = female with diabetes…

    I’m still trying to figure out all the acronyms in the doc myself…

  3. AmyT
    AmyT September 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm | | Reply

    Hi Lyn – FWD is explained in the intro paragraph of this column. Sorry for any confusion 😏

  4. Minnesota Nice
    Minnesota Nice September 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm | | Reply

    When I was dx’d in 1974 at age 21, the pill was totally off limits to type 1′s. It was only after I started blogging 6 years ago that I discovered many pwds were using it.

  5. tmana
    tmana September 24, 2012 at 8:28 am | | Reply

    I’ve also heard that antibiotics can cause hormonal birth control (pill, ring) to fail… unexpectedly. Generally speaking, a two-method system (e.g. pill plus condom) is best in avoiding unwanted pregnancies. That said, there are other reasons for using hormonal birth control — which could be the topic of a whole conversation in itself.

  6. Karen
    Karen January 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm | | Reply

    Wow, thank you so much for that very insightful information!

  7. Jenny
    Jenny April 22, 2013 at 4:17 am | | Reply

    I agree and disagree with most of this article. HA! But had to tap in.
    I am a 35 year old Type 1 FWD. I was diagnosed at at 15 with viral on set T1D. I must tell you that my mail tackle health wise has been more on the auto-immune disorder side since that will throw a whole new kink into the conversation but I believe a good portion of us struggle with more than 1 issue daily.
    I have the Mirena IUD. I have had it for a little over 4 years so coming up on the “what’s next” decision. It was life changing when it came to pretty much everything. My flare in sugars that usually come “once a month” were drastically lowered. My mood swings basically no existent. My skin clear, ect. Now, it didn’t happen the first week I got it in. But about 3 months after everything started to align. As noted, my sugars started to balance out, and I overall was less “ARG!!!! each month. I know it isn’t for everyone but I would say if you have struggled with the ups and down the pill and other birth control may carry, it is an option and I personally think it has been the best one this side with helping me and those darn sugar readings at “that time of the month”.

  8. Aly
    Aly January 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm | | Reply

    I also have to agree with Jenny. Mirena can definitely be successful! I have had T1 diabetes for 9 years, and I just got the Mirena about 7 months ago. I was already taking a birth control pill before that, which did make me a little bit insulin resistant, but I eat healthy and exercise, so I could manage it.

    Switching to Mirena made me slightly less insulin resistant (I am still a bit insulin resistant, but not as much as before). Also, I NEVER (seriously, NEVER) have my period. Ever. After I got the IUD, the period just stopped. I must say it is one of the most awesome things that has ever happened to me. Haha.

    I already had acne before I started Mirena, and I haven’t noticed any more acne. My dermatologist did prescribe me spironolactone, an oral med that can control hormonal acne, as a preemptive measure. I guess it’s helping, but I can’t really tell. Haha. I’ve just been free and clear with my face medication.

    For me, Mirena was pretty much the only option. I was the girl in high school who had to stay home when I had my period because the cramps were agonizing. I couldn’t do anything. The copper IUD actually makes those WORSE, so there’s no way I am ever getting that one.

    Anyways, I don’t doubt that a number of women that choose mirena dislike it for various reasons. I personally find it to be the best one that works for me. I can’t remember to take pills every day, even with phone alarms. It’s nice to not think about my birth control method much.

  9. Mayra
    Mayra July 31, 2014 at 4:27 pm | | Reply

    I’m really concern about what type of birth control to take I am type 1 diabetes and I don’t have my numbers under control and don’t have a primary doctor since a year ago do to not having insurance or medical pls pls of anyone can help me and let me know what’s the best birth control for me and let me know thank you I was thinking about nexplanon is that a good idea or should I stay away from it ?!? Thanks

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