Monthly Archives: April 2013

happy birthday to the coolest diabetic i know.

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I just wanted to take a moment to say happy 22nd birthday to one of the most important people in my life, my little sister. She is the only one who really gets me… as she is also a type 1 diabetic.
lindley oldShe also really likes goats and jeans.
(Please don’t hit me for using this picture. I can’t stop laughing.)

I’m not saying this just to kiss her ass on her birthday – but she is often times the reason I can make it through a tough diabetes day without breaking down. She listens, she cares and she gets it. She’s smart, funny and beautiful – inside and out. She manages her diabetes with finesse, even when the going gets tough. She’s my confidant and is my oldest best friend. We can cry, complain and laugh together, and I always know she’ll be there when I need her – diabetes related or not (fashion, especially). She’s an inspiration to me and so many others.

I’ve said it before, that I’m thankful to have someone so close who can relate to a disease that is so hard to grasp, although if I could take it away from her I would in a minute. Happy birthday to the coolest diabetic I know. Love you, dumb little : )
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sensationalism!

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I’m participating in the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (#HAWMC) with WEGO Health during the month of April. I’ll be writing (somewhere around) 30 posts in 30 days based on the prompts they supply. Learn more here. Wish me luck!

Today’s prompt: Sensationalize! Share a ludicrous headline or cure. Do a news search and choose a ridiculous headline or proposed cure about your condition and write what you think about it. Can’t find one? Write your own.

CINNAMON LOWERS BLOOD SUGARS, POSSIBLE CURE FOR DIABETES!

Only, I had beer with cinnamon in it last night, and my blood sugar got high.

The problem with this sensationalized headline is that people think I can use cinnamon instead of insulin. I bolus for a high bg in public and they’re like “But really, why don’t you just eat cinnamon bark?” Because cinnamon isn’t insulin, and I’m a type 1 diabetic.

Does cinnamon work for type 1 or 2 diabetes? I’m not sure. I’ve never tried it, so I can’t speak to it’s effectiveness on a personal level. It might actually work in addition to other regimens for some folks, but at this point in my life, I don’t really care to find out. The problem I have is people thinking that I can use spices, natural remedies and essential oils as a substitute for insulin. That if I just try one of these out, I’ll probably not have ‘the bad kind’ anymore. Like I’m some stubborn adult who just enjoys riding the blood sugar roller coaster all day.

Le sigh. If only this was a choice.

wordfull wednesday.

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I’m participating in the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (#HAWMC) with WEGO Health during the month of April. I’ll be writing (somewhere around) 30 posts in 30 days based on the prompts they supply. Learn more here. Wish me luck!

Today’s prompt: Wordless Wednesday. Post a picture that symbolizes your condition and your experiences.
NOTE: I didn’t really follow directions. Below picture is not my symbolization of diabetes, it’s just funny.

I was having a bit of a time trying to figure out what to do for this post. How do I sum up diabetes with one picture? It’s impossible. I thought about a picture of myself, but I’m not much on ‘selfies’ (it’s what the cool kids call pictures you take of yourself, right?)

So I solicited my sister, who also lives with type 1 diabetes. Problem solved, my picture was created.

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A bit crude, yes. But sometimes diabetes is an ass. No, this isn’t the way I would symbolize diabetes. My sister and I certainly don’t focus on the negatives. But some days, this picture fits just fine. Mostly, I just can’t stop laughing.

29 days of not getting an acronym correct.

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I’m participating in WEGO Health’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (#HAWMC) during the month of April. I’ll be writing (close to) 30 posts in 30 days based on the prompts they supply. Learn more here. Wish me luck!

Oh em gee. Am I becoming the blogger who only blogs consistently when I am challenging myself to write for 30 days straight? Nope. Cause I’ve already missed at least the first day of the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge, and if it’s anything like my last #writerchallenge (see November 2012), I’ll miss many more. And I’ll struggle with getting the acronym correct every time I write, too.

So, yes! I’m participating in the Wego Health #HAWMC (guess I don’t need to hashtag that in my blog, eh? too bad.) and I’m doing it for a couple of reasons. First, I really enjoyed the challenge last time. Yes, I failed, but that’s okay. I ‘met’ quite a few people while I was doing it, found many fabulous blogs, and felt really connected to the health blogging community — which in turn makes me feel ‘connected’ to my own disease. Second, it pushes me to write more! I struggle with letting life get in the way of sitting down and putting together an interesting and coherent blog post. When I have prompts to chose from, it’s like being able to take the easy way out! I sound so lazy, but really, I hope this can get me back into the swing of blogging more often. Thank you to Katie over at DiabeticAdvocate.com for taking the challenge too, which reminded me that #HAWMC was going on.

Here goes nothin’! Today’s prompt: Introductions. Share links to 3-5 of your old posts (or posts from other Health Activists!) that you think will help the newly diagnosed.

  • First and foremost, EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. Things seem crazy now, but you’ll find your new normal in time.  I haven’t done a blog post about this in particular, but I probably should. You can read this post on the positive ways I try to look at diabetes.
  • You’ll keep laughing. My husband is a big factor in this for me without even meaning to be. Here too.
  • Traveling light is a thing of the past.. but you’ll like it that way. The more you pack (diabetes-wise) the better and more secure you will feel.
  • You’ll meet others who are facing the same everyday challenges you are. And you’ll be absolutely floored at how quickly you connect with them.
  • Your support system will mean everything.
  • 3-5 posts? Psh. A sixth, and very important thing to know: You WILL make mistakes. Like this one, or the thousands of other mistakes I haven’t posted about yet: the day I left my insulin pump in the woods, the many times I’ve forgotten to bolus for a meal, the times I’ve bloused too much, the day I had to use another kid’s insulin at high school because I ran out. You get the picture. Shit happens. Diabetes and life goes on.

What advice do you have for someone who has just been diagnosed with diabetes?