Teen Years and the challenges

Guest post from my now adult daughter: A letter to her teenage self

July 10, 2014By 5 Comments
Guest post from my now adult daughter: A letter to her teenage self

    My daughter Lauren, so often the topic of this blog (and the reason for it) graduated college in May and is working at a really incredible company called HCM Strategists in Washington, DC. She is on her way to living her dream of being a health care advocate and maybe some day, POTUS […]

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A time for me to say thanks to the one who really deserves it: My daughter

June 22, 2014By 1 Comment
A time for me to say thanks to the one who really deserves it: My daughter

I am a lucky gal. I get to travel all over the country and talk to people about finding ways to be empowered in life while raising a child with diabetes. Sometimes I talk about advocating and raising funds for research. Often I talk about thriving in this life instead of just surviving. But 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 10 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 29 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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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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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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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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Using our talents to better this D-World (the one where I wrestle with my guilt with success)

June 25, 2013By 4 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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