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Using our talents to better this D-World (the one where I wrestle with my guilt with success)

June 25, 2013By 6 Comments
Using our talents to better this D-World (the one where I wrestle with my guilt with success)

I was digging through a file cabinet yesterday looking for my marriage certificate (it will be 29 years next week. I just want to be sure I really did that back then. Just kidding. We are being audited by our insurance and I need it to prove we were married. Not kidding. But that’s another […]

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

April 15, 2013By 10 Comments
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 […]

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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
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 […]

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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
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 […]

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

March 27, 2013By 2 Comments
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 […]

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Undiagnosed diabetes and a plea to take action (The one where I go all public service a again)

March 8, 2013By 18 Comments
Undiagnosed diabetes and a plea to take action (The one where I go all public service a again)

A week ago today, a 13-year old boy who lives in a normal middle class town and has smart, caring parents and who is surrounded by teachers and nurses and coaches a friends, died of the complications of undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes. And it happens all the time. When it happens, people say all kinds […]

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Hope without hype is all we ask (the one when I wish it started differently)

March 5, 2013By 29 Comments
Hope without hype is all we ask (the one when I wish it started differently)

Apparently, silence can be deafening. With Monday’s pre-announcement of some huge news coming the next morning from the Diabetes Research Institute, my in box and text messages and Facebook messages were binging like the pinball machine in “Tommy.” What do you think? Why are you saying nothing? I’d chosen to hold my thoughts until I […]

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2013 JDRF Ride to Cure Update: The one where I feel guilty, but power through

February 5, 2013By 3 Comments
2013 JDRF Ride to Cure Update: The one where I feel guilty, but power through

I feel so guilty. I am going to go back to hard-core training, work my way up to another century ride, ask friends to donate to JDRF to support that ride, and basically give my heart, soul and a season or two to the cause of finding in a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. And […]

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Introducing Team Outspokin’ and The River of Dreams Tour: Join us now!

December 18, 2012By 2 Comments
Introducing Team Outspokin’ and The River of Dreams Tour: Join us now!

It started almost as soon as my Ride to Cure Diabetes effort was complete: friends, new acquaintances and even folks I barely knew started asking me: Can I ride with you next time? But here was the thing: there wasn’t going to be a next time. I did the Ride for Lauren’s 21st birthday and […]

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