American Diabetes Alert Day: Read My Flag

Today, March 27th, 2007, is designated by the ADA as American Diabetes Alert Day.  According to the literature, they are “sounding the alert to the 60 million Americans who are unaware they have diabetes or are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes” — which is a very important thing to do, given all those scary statistics:
- ca. 7% of the US population affected (20.8 million people)
- leading cause of new cases of…

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Armed

So… It’s officially been 5 weeks since I started on the OmniPod, and I finally tried it on my arm.  Armed.  Banded.  Armbanded.  Weird.
Already, I was so accustomed to wearing that box on my stomach that I startle each time I notice my empty abdomen: Where-oh-where has my pump gone?  Have I lost it?  Ah no, the shoulder. That’s right.  It did feel a little achy back there when I wasn’t looking.
Actually, the…

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In Memoriam, Here Too

Some very sad news today, I’m afraid.  David Mendosa, fellow diabetes journalist who’s been a fixture on the Web for over 10 years now, lost his beautiful wife Catherine Lee Nord on Tuesday.  She was 69.  She died of complications of diabetes.  I have to admit, my heart nearly stopped when I heard this.
How can it be that in this era of better diabetes treatment than ever, we are still losing such vibrant —…

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KYN Book Update

So what’s it like to be an author?  Somewhat uneventful, so far.  Probably because most of the promotions for our new book, Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes (January ’07), to date have been here in cyberspace. So it’s more of the tush-in-the-chair kind of diabetes advocacy I’ve grown used to
Here’s a snapshot of me, visiting the lone copy of our book in our local Barnes & Noble.  My husband said they either sold…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 9: Learning by Example

Another amazing email from one more amazing reader! Maureen has been a Type 1 for eight years now, and admits that she did a terrible job taking care of herself for a long time.  “I had the typical reactions everyone else does — crap…why me…this sucks…goodbye… anything chocolate-peanut butter…,” she says.  But after one of her routine tests came up abnormal, she was asked to attend a seminar at a local hospital, which ended up…

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