Life with Diabetes

Diabetic Cyclists “Strive for 6.5”

Now THIS is a cool way to deal with your diabetes and help others at the same time. Check out TEAM TYPE 1. Phil Southerland and Joe Elridge are college students in Georgia who are into competitive cycling. Both have had diabetes since they were kids (Phil since 7 mos old, Joe since 10 yrs old). Both are active in the pursuit of a cure. Their motto is: “We do not want to live with…

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How Did It Happen?

They say everyone gets 15 minutes of fame some time in their life. I never dreamed mine might come as the self-appointed poster child for adult late onset diabetes (LADA). How did we get here, any of us?
A lot of people are sharing their stories with me these days, so I thought it was time to come clean with mine. I was diagnosed May 21, 2003. First, there were about three weeks of running…

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No Escape from Alcatraz

An old friend contacted me last week to say he’s been diagnosed with Type 2. Poor guy. In that initial state of shock, he’s feeling like he’s been sentenced to “the Rock”: “What really gets me is this is for life! I mean, you can control it with diet and medications, but it’s never going to go away. Once you get it, you don’t go back.”
Yes. It’s forever, but at the risk of sounding…

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Excitement & Caution

An old friend writes to me from Germany: “I had no idea there was so much to say about diabetes!” Neither did I, honey. Neither did I!
But I have found that looking at the world with a diabetic’s eye view — as I now do — there is much to get excited about, like for example: San Francisco may become home to headquarters for a new world-class Stem Cell Research Institute. Wow, revolutionary regenerative…

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Excitement & Caution

An old friend writes to me from Germany: “I had no idea there was so much to say about diabetes!” Neither did I, honey. Neither did I!
But I have found that looking at the world with a diabetic’s eye view — as I now do — there is much to get excited about, like for example: San Francisco may become home to headquarters for a new world-class Stem Cell Research Institute. Wow, revolutionary regenerative…

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