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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

    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

(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

“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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Hey A$$hat! Listen up and listen good (the one where I am so angry I cannot even pick a graphic)

October 21, 2013By 24 Comments

It takes a lot to make me mad during my birthday season. It takes a whole hell of a lot to completely piss me off on my actual birthday. But a$$hats: be proud. You’ve done just that. And while my intention for today was to blow off any work that was not absolutely necessary and […]

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Blue Candles: Is it time for our community to develop etiquette around them?

October 14, 2013By 26 Comments

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 7 Comments

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

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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It’s FOOTBALL TIME! (The one when my FFL Draft is D-influenced)

September 5, 2013By 4 Comments

  I had my Fantasy Football League draft last night. Last year was my first year. I got there and quickly realized I had no clue what Fantasy Football actually was or how a draft worked. I was surrounded by folks who study it. They had notes. And print outs. And projections. And a strategy. […]

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C-C-C-College! (The one where I celebrate having faced down obstacles)

August 26, 2013By 7 Comments

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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What I learned on my JDRF 2013 Ride Recap Part 1: The one where I OWN IT

August 19, 2013By 11 Comments

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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