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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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Spare a Rose, save a life: (The one where I no longer hate Valentine’s Day)

February 7, 2014By 3 Comments
Spare a Rose, save a life: (The one where I no longer hate Valentine’s Day)

    I know, it’s a movie. It’s the punch line of a joke. It’s said over and over. But I need to say it: I hate Valentine’s Day. Some it might come from having been a new kid in a school quite a few times back in the day when they didn’t make everyone […]

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

August 1, 2013By 7 Comments
‘It’s always there.” (The one where I answer my own question of “Why keep advocating?”

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

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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Introducing: Hope Jars and your chance to “join me” on the JDRF Ride to Cure (The one where I REALLY hope you’ll join the fun)

June 12, 2013By 0 Comments
Introducing: Hope Jars and your chance to “join me” on the JDRF Ride to Cure (The one where I REALLY hope you’ll join the fun)

“Say it out loud or write it down. It’s the first step toward making it real.” I don’t remember who the person was who said that to me when I was a kid, but it stuck. I’ve used that advice so many times in my life. Like saying this: “I want to be an editor […]

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