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Last breaths: The story that needs to be shared (The one about Michael’s Dad)

December 9, 2013By 9 Comments
Last breaths: The story that needs to be shared (The one about Michael’s Dad)

(Note: It has taken me a long time to be ready to write this one. And while it’s not directly related to diabetes, it is [isn’t everything in some way?] I feel it’s a story worth sharing. So I’m hoping you’ll do just that. Michael’s dad showed such power, determination and focus. Imagine if his […]

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Happy Sweet 16 yrs of Type 1 (The one where your diabetes wants a car)

October 28, 2013By 4 Comments
Happy Sweet 16 yrs of Type 1 (The one where your diabetes wants a car)

“Hey, Mom: My diabetes just turned 16. I think you should buy it a car!” That’s my Lauren. Since nearly the moment she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes – at exactly 2:35 p.m. on October 28, 1997 – 16 years ago this very hour I write – she’s been the one to make us […]

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Hey A$$hat! Listen up and listen good (the one where I am so angry I cannot even pick a graphic)

October 21, 2013By 24 Comments
Hey A$$hat! Listen up and listen good  (the one where I am so angry I cannot even pick a graphic)

It takes a lot to make me mad during my birthday season. It takes a whole hell of a lot to completely piss me off on my actual birthday. But a$$hats: be proud. You’ve done just that. And while my intention for today was to blow off any work that was not absolutely necessary and […]

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Blue Candles: Is it time for our community to develop etiquette around them?

October 14, 2013By 18 Comments
Blue Candles: Is it time for our community to develop etiquette around them?

First of all, the person who first posted a blue candle in honor of a person who loses their life to Type 1 diabetes is brilliant. Just about anyone in the D-world knows now, with a glance, what it means. And that’s what good symbols do: tell you something instantly and evoke an emotional response. […]

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Wedding Week Lessons (The one where Mike’s Dad shows us how to live well)

October 2, 2013By 6 Comments
Wedding Week Lessons (The one where Mike’s Dad shows us how to live well)

I was recently called out for being “too positive” and “all ‘lalalala we are fine’” about Lauren’s Type 1 Diabetes. Huh. Well, first of all: I’m not always that way. Sometimes I’m just plain pissed off. And second: it’s not always fun and games. Here’s some proof. And some more. But you know what? This […]

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Vocab quiz: what word needs to be stricken from D-world use? It starts with C and ends with negativity …

September 10, 2013By 6 Comments
Vocab quiz: what word needs to be stricken from D-world use? It starts with C and ends with negativity …

Let’s start something here. I hope you’ll read this and then in the comments share your amazing T1D accomplishment — or share a “Cant” you want to change to “Can and Will” for yourself or your loved one with T1D. Let’s inspire one another.   If there is one word we all need to strike […]

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It’s FOOTBALL TIME! (The one when my FFL Draft is D-influenced)

September 5, 2013By 4 Comments
It’s FOOTBALL TIME! (The one when my FFL Draft is D-influenced)

  I had my Fantasy Football League draft last night. Last year was my first year. I got there and quickly realized I had no clue what Fantasy Football actually was or how a draft worked. I was surrounded by folks who study it. They had notes. And print outs. And projections. And a strategy. […]

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C-C-C-College! (The one where I celebrate having faced down obstacles)

August 26, 2013By 6 Comments
C-C-C-College! (The one where I celebrate having faced down obstacles)

My inbox has been full this week and my phone ringing often – all with parents facing what we did three years ago: sending their child with Type 1 Diabetes off to college. Some are far away; others only an hour away. But: away is away. And while I’d had the experience of sending a […]

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What I learned on my JDRF 2013 Ride Recap Part 1: The one where I OWN IT

August 19, 2013By 9 Comments
What I learned on my JDRF 2013 Ride Recap Part 1: The one where I OWN IT

What could a 17-mile long, leg-pounding, tear-inducing, soul-crushing and then soul-soaring hilly cycling climb (that happens to be right smack in the middle of a century ride) have to do with the how to move past the sadness, heartbreak, isolation and sheer grief that a diabetes diagnosis (for you or your child or anyone you […]

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What I learned in my JDRF RIde Training: That YOU are amazing

August 9, 2013By 1 Comment
What I learned in my JDRF RIde Training: That YOU are amazing

Sixteen years ago it was probably there, right in front of my face. My daughter was getting ready to start kindergarten (what would be her first school experience. I was a “Home school pre-school mom” as I learned to say instead of  “no, we cut and paste at home” which all kinds of people freaked […]

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