A Day for Us, etc.

Like Allison, I’ve been swamped with emailed press releases about diabetes campaigns everywhere. This week, my inbox contained pitches for everything from silver-laced footwear to a free annual membership in the American Sleep Association. Like Scott, I keep my skepticism forcefield charged to filter most of this stuff out.
Still, some attention-meriting news always comes through too, including the Mother of All Diabetes Campaigns coming up in just two months (!)… But wait, first things…

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Mr. Universe’s Little Book with Big Pom-Poms

It’s only 110 pages. I read it on the plane on the way home from St. Louis. It’s an “exercise prescription” to prevent Type 2 and combat Type 1 diabetes. It’s The Diabetes Antidote from Mr. Natural Universe Doug Burns, with Denny Dressman (he’s the journalist who helped NFL star Jay Leeuwenberg write Yes I Can! Yes You Can! — a review for another day).
This little book from Mr. Big Type 1 is a…

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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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