Monthly Archives: May 2013

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A quick tip o’ my hat to the much appreciated support I found via twitter today. Just another example of how supportive the diabetes online community is, and why I encourage everyone to get involved as it fits your life.

Responses from people I’ve met only once, some I’ve never met before, and some from completely across the world. It warms my heart and pushes me forward. It’s been a tough couple of weeks and it means more than anything to have people who know what it feels like to be cheering me on.

Sidenote: I’m OK! I know my tweet sounds sad, but.. when it rains it pours, and sometimes I just get tired of jumping in puddles! I’m sure I’ll be elaborating on some of the insurance debacles and blood sugar rollercoasters I’ve been dealing with soon.

Spread the Love – #DBlog Week, Day 7

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Diabetes Blog Week

As another Diabetes Blog Week draws to a close, let’s reflect on some of the great bloggers we’ve found this week. Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved during Diabetes Blog Week, and tell us why they’re worth reading. Or share three blogs you’ve found this week that are new to you. (Thanks to Pearlsa ofA Girl’s Reflections for inspiring this topic.)

I’m going to tweak the prompt just a little bit and choose a blog post for each of the first six days. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read every single post for every single topic, so I guarantee you there are many, many others that I’m not listing that are well worth your read. So check out the topics and explore some other fabulous blogs! (Click the topics below for a link of all of the posts written that day.) And thank you to Karen at BitterweetDiabetes.com for organizing this – I can’t wait until next year!

Day 1: Share & Don’t Share
This post from Michelle at MichelleBrooksInk.Blogspot.com is one of the first that caught my eye this week. Check it out, and send some love to a new d-mom! Michelle, thank you for sharing your story!

Day 2: We, The Undersigned
This post at 1type1 made me tear up – she expresses such love for her sister, and I totally understand that (even though my sister does go what I go through on a daily basis).

Day 3: Memories
I like this post by Bigfoot 🙂 at BigfootChildHaveDiabetes.com because it made me laugh and it made me cry. It’s the first post I think I’ve read of hers and OMG I’m hooked. She is absolutely hilarious (and they are badass d-parents!)

Day 4: Accomplishments Big & Small
This is a great post from Christel at ThePerfectD.com. “I have never given up on myself,” she says. I think we can all relate to that.

Day 5: Freaky Friday
This topic really didn’t sit well with me. But I do like this post by Angie at Organised Chaos- as it comes from someone who faces two auto-immune illnesses, and explains which she’d like to get rid of. Plus, I’ve never heard of the second disease, so I learned a little something.

Day 6: Diabetes Art
I like this post and Reva’s art – flashy!! I’m also going to try putting my site up that high on my stomach – I think I’m building up scar tissue lower down. Thank you for the idea, Reva!

Freaky Friday – #DBlog Week, Day 5

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Diabetes Blog Week

Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions? (Thanks to Jane of Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE and Bob of T Minus Two for this topic suggestion.)

I’ve been thinking about this one for a few days now, and I still don’t really have an answer. I guess what I would say is that I wouldn’t want to trade chronic diseases with anyone. Saying that almost feels like I’m saying what someone else deals with on a daily basis is easier or more difficult than what I do. And I just don’t think that’s the case – each chronic illness has it’s own intricacies, difficulties and heartaches. Not to mention, I wouldn’t wish diabetes on my worst enemy.  I don’t have many words for what I’m trying to explain. Diseases.just.suck.
One sidenote though – I do have a really good friend who has multiple sclerosis. Shorty, I’m not saying I want to trade chronic illnesses with you, because we rock out at the front row of Avett Brother shows and drink beer together with our own chronic diseases.. BUT, I’ll be on the radio for a day.  I’d also like to be able to rap for a day. OK? Thanks. Also I love you and you rock for just being you.

As far as the second part of this prompt is concerned? Yes. I do think that my participation in the DOC has affected how I treat others with medical conditions. Beyond that, having this disease has affected how I treat anyone. Diabetes is a pretty invisible disease, and most people don’t see when I’m struggling. It’s made me realize that everyone is always fighting their own battle – and I can totally relate.

Accomplishments, Big & Small – #DBlog Week, Day 4

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Diabetes Blog Week
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.). (Thanks to Hilary of Rainie and Me for this topic suggestion.)

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for almost 16 years now. Hanging out with friends last night, we were discussing the importance of self affirmation and seeking out the positives within yourself. So instead of picking just one accomplishment, I’ll name a few small ones.

  • Accepting my diabetes, and almost becoming proud of it on some days.
  • Not being afraid to tell people about my disease.
  • Starting the insulin pump, trying new pumps (scary), and starting on two different CGMs.
  • Sticking with a daily routine. There was a time in my life I rarely tested my sugar. Now it’s odd if I test like than 6-8 times, sometimes more.
  • Finally getting my A1C to hang out in the 6’s.
  • Living almost 16 years complication free.
  • Finding a new endo when I felt I was outgrowing my old one.
  • Standing up for myself to medical professionals, insurance companies, and strangers.
  • Starting my blog.
  • Seeking out the support of others with diabetes.
  • Simply put – just making my health a top priority in my life. It sounds so easy, but it just wasn’t the case for me for a while.