Diabetes has never felt like an “invisible illness” to me. I can see the teeny-tiny puncture wounds on my fingers, the juice box that weighs down my purse, the stray test strip on the bedroom floor. The presence of diabetes is very apparent to me. But because my hair doesn’t fall out, my skin doesn’t change color, and I can walk and talk without impairment, most people don’t know that there is anything wrong with…Read more »
Employers enforce some stupid policies sometimes, for sure, but this one absolutely takes the cake! (or the chips, as it were) Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was forced to file a federal court suit against Walgreens for throwing a long-term employee with diabetes out on the street in 2008 after she ate a bag of $1.39 chips to offset a glucose low. She paid afterward, but hadn’t wanted to abandon her cash…Read more »
From the did-you-know file: today, Sept. 13, is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.
I have it. Or at least I’m forced to live like I do, with a severe wheat allergy that forces me to eat only gluten-free foods. Ugh! I’ve bitched about this difficult condition before: here, here, and here.
Life can be awfully tough in a world literally rolling in a staple food ingredient that makes you very sick. Recently I stumbled on…
When we reported last summer about the Helmsley Charitable Trust developing an open national registry for type 1 diabetes, we were envisioning some kind of dry database, or perhaps a big listing of sorts like ClinicalTrials.gov. We sure as heck weren’t expecting the kind of social media “wow factor” that Helmsley has infused into its new site, MyGlu.org. Check it out:
The site is in beta testing now, scheduled to go fully live later this…Read more »
Oftentimes the Diabetes Online Community does feel like a real, organic community — filled with all sorts of wonderful people who share your interests, and are just waiting to become closer friends with you. But it’s hardly a club that any of us elected to join. In fact, it’s scary as all get-out when you’re first diagnosed, with doctors and nurses telling you about all the horrible things you’re going to have to do (take…Read more »