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On Bret Michaels and his latest diabetes-related setback: The good news behind his brave fight

November 11, 2014By 5 Comments

    If you are in the D-world, you’ve probably heard that Bret Michaels has been ill. His BFF wrote a poignant recap of all that has happened on Bret’s Facebook page. Read it. It’s remarkable. So of course, many in the diabetes world are thinking, “could this be my child?” Here’s the thing: with […]

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Those questions we all get: Helpful answers for the most common ones. A guide.

February 27, 2014By 18 Comments

We get a lot of questions from the rest of the world about this D-life. Sometimes they infuriate us, sometimes they confound us. Sometimes they make us snort. So as a service to those who struggle with the answers, I’ve compiled this helpful list of suggested responses to questions you may get out in the […]

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My daughter announces: The BEST TOOL to help a teen with Diabetes (The one where she makes all the sense)

February 25, 2014By 9 Comments

    I was driving along in the car with my daughter with diabetes when I remembered a question some parents of teens with diabetes had asked me to ask her. What the best tool a parent can use to help their teen with diabetes?  They’d wondered if it was a CGM. Or a communication […]

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

September 5, 2013By 4 Comments

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

August 9, 2013By 1 Comment

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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‘It’s always there.” (The one where I answer my own question of “Why keep advocating?”

August 1, 2013By 7 Comments

It’s a worthy question; one that deserves a thoughtful response. If I spend so much of my time speaking and writing about how someone can thrive and embrace life despite diabetes, why do I spend so much time raising funds and advocating for better treatments and a cure? Because really, I say it a lot: […]

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What I learned on my ride, year two: The one when I know its okay to just be okay

July 29, 2013By 4 Comments

In less than three weeks I’ll be pedaling along my second JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes route, this time 100 miles along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Am I ready? I think so. One thing I do know: once again, I’ve learned so much from my training and fundraising experience. I did […]

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New Tools: Do they need some Old School back up?

May 28, 2013By 8 Comments

(Note to my readers: Sorry about the break. With the book coming out [Kindle next week; print mid June] and some other things, it’s been busy. But here I am, back again. Thanks for your patience).   My daughter has been doing remarkably well lately with her diabetes care. As she said to me the […]

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I Held Hope in My Hands, Part 2 (the one with Anna, her Awesome Abs and the APP Trial)

April 9, 2013By 9 Comments

Last week I shared how I HELD HOPE IN MY HANDS, and to be honest with you, I’m still kind of buzzing with a totally feeling of – to go all Guilana Rancic on you – amaze-balls. I honestly mean it when I say that while I’d truly been in on the discussion and idea […]

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I Held Hope In My Hands (The one were my daughter raises her hand and says “Let it be me”)

April 5, 2013By 17 Comments

Since Lauren was diagnosed way back in October of 1997, I’ve insisted we do two things consistently: not let diabetes steal our joy in life, and focus on “visualizing hope.” The first one has been a challenge but I’d check off “well played!” so far in our lives. The second? It’s not been easy. Hope […]

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