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

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

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 … Continue reading 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)

Can We Motivate the World With Happiness? (The one where I refuse to be sad all the time)

  Some recent memes, videos and Facebook posts have me thinking: Can we motivate the world to want to help us cure diabetes by making them smile and cheer rather than cry? Or to put it more simply: Can supporting hope be happy? This thought goes way back for me, actually to nearly the beginning of my involvement in the research/cure community. Lauren was only about seven and she’d been asked to participate in a JDRF Gala video shoot. It was a really fun day – warm and clear and we spent all day on the beautiful grounds of Wellesley … Continue reading Can We Motivate the World With Happiness? (The one where I refuse to be sad all the time)

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

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 of APP since nearly the ground floor, it wasn’t until I saw it in action on Anna that it truly clicked for me. So today, an update. Anna and I spoke last night at length about her feelings at this point, and you need to … Continue reading I Held Hope in My Hands, Part 2 (the one with Anna, her Awesome Abs and the APP Trial)

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

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 in itself is relatively simple. You feel it in your heart. You keep it in your head. You grab onto little snippets and bits and sound bytes and studies and information and you absorb it. But you cannot really “see” or “touch” hope, right? Although … Continue reading I Held Hope In My Hands (The one were my daughter raises her hand and says “Let it be me”)

Is there a symbol for what we need? (The one when I’m jealous of a pink and red equal sign)

Confession time: I’m jealous. I’m wickedly jealous of an adorable, powerful, perfect little symbol: the pink and red equal sign all over the place this week. Watching the way the pink and red equal sign took over Facebook, twitter and more this week was astounding and inspiring. I posted it early, and almost immediately friends messaged me asking what it was. When I explained it was support for equal rights in marriage, those friends then posted it. This was happening everywhere, and by last night, almost everyone on FB had that as a profile pic (which caused some FB messaging … Continue reading Is there a symbol for what we need? (The one when I’m jealous of a pink and red equal sign)