Life with Diabetes

What Makes You Think I’m Brave?

It’s happened many times over, and again yesterday. I just don’t understand it, really.  Some less-intimate friend or acquaintance catches me poking my finger to draw blood, and/or screwing a needle onto my insulin pen and stabbing myself in the stomach, and points out how very brave I am.  What did you say?!
One certainly can find many colorful adjectives to describe me, but “brave” is not one of them.  I am certifiably as Chicken-Shit…

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Reflections

Happy New Year, All!  I do wish you everything good and healthful and positive in 2007.
In all honesty, I’ve been suffering from a bad case of writer’s block when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions… What should I vow?  That I will be a better person?  A better diabetic?  More tuned in to this task or that?  I’m just too darned pragmatic for all that bravado.  And besides, I already have more balls in…

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“Teetering On A Balance Beam”

The New York Times is at it again, with yet another in-depth and provocative feature story on what it means to live with diabetes.  This one focuses on discrimination on the job: “Diabetics Confront a Tangle of Workplace Laws.”
Besides the disturbing stories of people with diabetes who’ve lost jobs at everyplace from mortgage firms to UPS to a Texas baked bean plant, what really struck me was this statement:

“Diabetics can find themselves teetering…

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Reasons to Celebrate

Happy Friday, and enjoy your holiday, everyone!  I’d like to share a few good reasons to smile (in no particular order):
* Please listen to Weird Al Yankovich singing “I LOVE MY PANCREAS” on YouTube.  To my mind, this is just about the funniest thing related to diabetes anyone ever said or did.  I’ve already played it about 6 times since yesterday afternoon — and getting ready to download it to my new electric-green iPod…

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2006: Diabetes Year in Review

First off, Happy Holidays, everyone!  Here we are smack in the middle of Hanukkah and I’m getting nostalgic already.  Was 2006 a big year for people with diabetes?  I’d say so, yes.  Although as a relative newbie (approaching my 4th anniversary of dx), I’m sure many of you have seen years that held at least as much promise for new treatments and potential cures, only to be “stuck in the realm of possibilities” for years…

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