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This year’s amazing RIDE TO CURE VACATION RAFFLE IS TO >>>> (the one where my Uncle Bill makes it happen once again)

April 9, 2014By 0 Comments
This year’s amazing RIDE TO CURE VACATION RAFFLE IS TO >>>> (the one where my Uncle Bill makes it happen once again)

I took my first outdoor training ride of the season today. It was warm out – above 50!! – but a brisk wind was like a wall in my face. 18 sorry miles, and I have a long way to go to be ready for not one but TWO 100 mile rides this year as […]

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

February 27, 2014By 17 Comments
Those questions we all get: Helpful answers for the most common ones. A guide.

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

    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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A diabetes ski story (the one when I learn what’s best for all of us)

December 17, 2013By 6 Comments
A diabetes ski story (the one when I learn what’s best for all of us)

    Stop me if I’ve told you this one. No, wait: Don’t stop me. Because it’s a good one, and one worth my remembering. I was up skiing last weekend (Surprise powder Friday; c-c-cold day but fast and perfect groomer cruising Saturday, mega talk-about-it-for-a-lifetime powder dump Sunday. Oh, the life of the ski writer). […]

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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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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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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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