Life with Diabetes

Birthday Wishes and Diabetes Dreams

Another year passes, and how do I feel? Pretty darn good, most days, despite the chronic illness. If I do get the chance to blow out any candles today, what would I wish for? Pretty simple (hoping disclosure won’t jinx me here):

Continued good health for myself and my family. May my three beautiful girls never have to experience diabetes any more up-close-and-personal than they are now, observing me.
A society that can pull together…

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Disability and Diabetes Revisited

The other day as I was filling out some forms –- checking off my gender and race -– I ran into that perennial question: Do you have any disabilities? My gut reaction is always an emphatic NO, but then I remember that delicate dilemma in our diabetic community about freedom from stigma and protection under the law.
I am reminded that advocates are working hard to pass legislation to update and refresh the Americans with…

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All About LADA (Adults with Type 1)

Today is a special day for the diabetes community, and hopefully for those around us to hear our voices and gain better understanding of our plight.

Honestly, I try to raise my voice to this challenge every day. But for that little something extra, today I’d like to extend a special welcome to all the LADAs of the world — a little-recognized or understood subgroup of our PWD community:
Who here got diagnosed with Type…

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Infusion Site “Handles,” aka Diabetes Belly Love

Did you know that you get little rolls of “insulin fat” on your frequent insulin injection/infusion site spots? Yuck! Maybe I’m just naive, but I thought those little bulges developing on my otherwise-gratifyingly-flat stomach were just advancing age. Or too much cheese.
But my endo took one look at my tummy a few weeks ago, and said, “Those sites are overused! Can’t you see the damage? It’s plain as day.” She took out a ballpoint…

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