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Downside to Crossing the Border

Many Latinos come to America for the promise of a better life. While they may gain new possessions and freedoms, recent reports also show that this new life has a downside: damaging their health. The American diet of carb-rich, fat-rich, supersized foods is not doing them any good; the rising instance of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes among the Latino population here is a growing cause of concern. And so many of them remain without…

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Manna from Chocolate Heaven

I’m
not usually one to plug products. But every once in a while, something
comes along that is too fabulous to keep to yourself. This time, Kathy
Moskal, president of Vere Goods, wrote to me about her product after reading of
my diabetes/gluten-related chocolate
laments. She was kind enough to send me some samples, and I must say, I
feel like I’ve found Healthy Dark Chocolate Nirvana.
Vere
is a chocolate product that’s a natural…

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Your Medical History on a Stick

Thinking it over, my last post didn’t really do justice to those USB flash drives specially designed to let you carry your medical records with you. (In Germany they call them “Sticks,” while a cell phone is called a “Handy” … pragmatic language)
Considering that we PWDs are constantly told to carry our full medical records along with us when we travel, the idea of putting it all on a tiny little stick is actually…

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Three Years and Counting… Gifting the Beast

Today marks exactly three years since the harrowing experience of my diabetes diagnosis. When I mentioned to my CDE that my anniversary was coming up, she asked, “Does that bring up any issues for you?” I was a little taken aback. Hell no! But, weeeelll, sort of… Definite maybe. No, I’m fine!
I have a tradition: I buy myself little D-presents to “celebrate” this anti-versary. Last year it was a beaded medical ID bracelet, and…

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Do You Love Your CDE?

Well, I do. Now. As opposed to most visits with my endocrinologist, I actually come away from visits with this CDE feeling energized. For one reason: she has her feet on the ground! Nothing makes me happier than 1) a little pep talk on how OK I’m actually doing, and 2) getting some very grounded advice about how to handle real-world D-situations.
So I’ll let you in on a few helpful little secrets I learned…

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