Life with Diabetes

But I Don’t Feel “Disabled”

So Manny over at the TuDiabetes networking site flagged Friday’s post about Steve Sim’s story as a launching pad for the whole discussion: Should diabetes be officially treated as a disability?
And wow, what an emotionally-charged debate…
My first thought was, that’s a tough one with “invisible illnesses” on the whole. If we haven’t developed any complications, we “diabetics” don’t look or feel disabled, do we? But sometimes we do require special accommodations at work,…

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Shipped Home from Iraq: Diabetes Discrimination?

Last June, Steve Sims, 41, was shipped home from Iraq by his then-employer contractor KBR supposedly because he has diabetes. You might think he’d feel lucky. Be he actually liked his job, and wanted to stay. He believes his supervisor pulled the “diabetes card” for political reasons, angling to get rid of an unwanted software development team.
“I never let diabetes slow me down, so I really have an issue when somebody says you can’t…

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Off to School…

There they go… My little one started kindergarten, and yes, I’m having that parent future shock sort of experience.

You think they could tell which one was my kindergartner? I swear the OneTouch backpack wasn’t my idea! She just really loved that blue……

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Hey, Coach! So What If I’m Sick?

What about your diabetes and your job? Whom do you tell at work? When? And WHAT exactly do you tell them? And afterwards, are you somehow branded as damaged goods? All tough questions… not to mention the fatigue, frustration, and guilt that often accompany these issues. Couldn’t you just use a personal coach here?!
Not as far-fetched as it sounds.
Four years ago, Rosalind Joffe of Newton, MA, launched a chronic illness coaching service called…

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