General Health

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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16.5: What I’ve Learned. (The one where Lauren speaks out)

February 5, 2014By 5 Comments
16.5: What I’ve Learned. (The one where Lauren speaks out)

From time to time, my daughter Lauren, the young woman with T1D I speak so much about on this blog, takes the helm. Today is one of those days. Lauren surprised me with these thoughts at 16.5 years into life with T1D. I hope you’ll share – the DOC is semi-new to her (and she […]

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Our DKA Story (The one I’ve never told to the world before. And the one that scares me to share)

January 7, 2014By 27 Comments
Our DKA Story (The one I’ve never told to the world before. And the one that scares me to share)

      “The best kind of writing is the kind you really don’t want to write. The kind that scares you. I mean down to the bone scares you.” That’s what one of my professors used to say. Well, Professor Darden: this one scares me. Because it’s raw. Because it’s real. Because it’s opening […]

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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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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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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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