As an invisible illness, diabetes can feel terribly isolating, especially when first diagnosed. Many of us remember the first person we met who also had diabetes. For author Amy Stockwell Mercer, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 25 years ago while at boarding school, her first D-friend came from a very unlikely source. Today, Amy shares her memories of this first friend, and how that connection helped inspire her new book, The Smart Woman’s…Read more »
It’s easy to think of the Children With Diabetes Friends for Life conference as being just that — a conference for children and their families. But it’s becoming so much more than that. With the help of some of the DOC’s enterprising bloggers, Jeff Hitchcock and team are expanding to include adults with diabetes and their loved ones in the conference programming, and here at the ‘Mine, we couldn’t be more thrilled. Amy and I…Read more »
It’s been 10 years since I participated in the second JDRF Children’s Congress in 2001 and I am absolutely amazed at how much JDRF’s biannual event has grown and changed. The Children’s Congress is an action-packed event in Washington, D.C., with legislative meetings and testimony, and it has grown also to feature some of the most famous names in diabetes advocacy, like Crystal Bowersox and Nick Jonas.
Each year the Congress features a Chair Family…
One of the many struggles of living with a chronic illness is balancing the obligations of the disease with the requirements of employment. Many PWDs walk a fine line between managing their diabetes properly and fulfilling their work obligations. And many employers are none too sympathetic with the plight of the diabetic, whether it’s accommodating glucose tests, breaks for low blood sugars or time off for doctor’s appointments. What’s a PWD to do? What rights…Read more »
Type 2 diabetes is a sneaky beast, and often has been hiding in the background for far longer than people realize. So for many people, the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes also comes along with diagnosis of a complication.
This is what happened to Mike Durbin. When he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, he was also diagnosed with heart disease. He was also only 27 years old! He immediately had to reverse…Read more »