It’s time to reflect on what we have already accomplished. (And I apologize that this is a bit longer than a blog should be but . . . what a week. So much to reflect on). Okay so, I say “we” because even though I am the one who penned the widely-circulated blog “An Open Letter to Senator Scott Brown,” what happened after I pushed “post” almost exactly 48-hours ago is truly an example of a legion of warriors holding a front line impossible to ignore. I’ll be honest with you: I didn’t know what to expect when I hit … Continue reading Senator Scott Brown: An update
(Note to readers: Please forward and share this as much as possible. I want it to get to his office somehow. And please comment below — D and R’s — so he knows you support my request. Thank you!) An open letter to Senator Scott Brown (R-MA): Dear Senator Brown: I am sure you don’t remember me. I took a trip down to Washington, DC last May to meet with you in your office on Capitol Hill. I was with my friend – and fellow mom of a child with diabetes – Shannon Allen (you know; Ray’s wife?) and her … Continue reading An Open Letter to Senator Scott Brown
It was a very long time ago – 1998 to be exact – when I first dropped my then tiny little girl off at diabetes camp. But I remember it well. The first year, I was so nervous I hung around “getting things ready” for hours on end. I actually considered hiding behind a tree for the two weeks so I could pop out every once and a while and say “Are you low?” I remember the second year just as clearly. As we got close to camp I simply slowed the car down, shoved my daughter out the door … Continue reading Diabetes camp: It truly saved us. Could it save you (yes, even adults)
So yeah, I wrote a pretty well known and brisk-selling book on raising a child with diabetes. It’s called “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Childred with Juvenile Diabetes” (I know. Awkward title. I fought it and lost to the publisher. Alas.) and I have to be honest with you: I didn’t want to write it. The story of how I came to write it, how it’s done and what, in the end, a gift it has been to me, is worth telling, I think. (Plus I have an almost constant guilty need to explain how I decided to write it.) … Continue reading Confessions of a Diabetes Book Author
It was a week before Easter a few years ago and, as tends to happen quite often, I was enjoying a cup of coffee and a good chat with my long-time dear friend Anne. You see, that year she “joined … Continue reading D-Currency: Where six chocolate eggs equal: a new bike?
The tattoo artist’s eyebrows raised in a way that lifted all seven of his piercings there to a new high. “You want me to tattoo the words ‘Are you low?’ and ‘Did you check?’ on your forehead? Lady, that’s twisted.” Okay, so that didn’t really happen but . . . over the year’s, I’ve been tempted. If I could send the JDRF or the DRI or CWD a dollar for every time I’ve said those words over the past 14 years, I do believe they’d be able to fund all the research and outreach on the planet. And I’m not … Continue reading Nagging, instinct and diabetes: Will money “talk?”
I didn’t want to do it. After all, I already spent a lot of my time writing for a living. But over time, it just started to happen. I was guest blogging for many of the well-known diabetes sites and getting tons of comments and responses. I was posting “notes” on my facebook page as often as some bloggers update. And at the same time — for reasons that still confuse me sometimes — bloggers (even some with itty bitty followings) were getting attention, helping bring change and yes, bettering our efforts toward a cure. So I guess it was … Continue reading A new venue for my voice in the diabetes world