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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
A great community of people who *get* the whole diabetes thing.
Date diagnosed
December 1, 1979
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Minimed 530G with Enlite
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About Me


Hi! I'm Karen and I've been living with diabetes since December of 1979. I was 11 when I was diagnosed. At times it makes me a bit sad that diabetes has been with me for over two thirds of my life. Although at the same time, it makes me feel very lucky to live in a time when you CAN live with diabetes for over two thirds of your life. Things sure have changed over the years. I blog about diabetes at Bitter-Sweet.

I live in New England with my wonderful husband, the worlds cutest and sweetest cat, and lots and lots of yarn! And I blog about my knitting obsession at a Musings of a (mostly) Self-Taught Knitter.

Please leave me a comment and add me as a friend - I'd love to meet you!

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Karen Graffeo replied to Bjørn's discussion 'Initial user review of the Minimed 530G system. Thoughts and questions.'
"I've been using the 530G with Enlite since November. (In the interest of full disclosure, I do blog and consult for Medtronic, but I'm not a Medtronic employee and I always give my honest opinions.) I think there is a pretty big learning…"
Apr 2
Karen Graffeo shared Emily Coles's event on Facebook
Apr 2
Karen Graffeo is attending Emily Coles's event

TuDiabetes Chatroom Discussion: Diabetes and Depression at TuDiabetes chatroom

April 2, 2014 from 11am to 12pm
11am pacific2pm eastern7pm GMTStudies indicate that depression is more common among people with diabetes than the general population.  Have you ever felt depressed?  Was it related to diabetes?  What, if anything, did you do about it, and did it help?A few weeks ago we hosted a live interview on the TuDiabetes homepage with Dr. Alan Jacobson about diabetes and depression (watch…See More
Apr 2
Karen Graffeo and Leanna are now friends
Feb 20

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At 11:15am on April 23, 2013, jrtpup said…

Just posted about Saturday's event here... I'd love your comments ;)

At 5:08pm on February 25, 2012, Brian (bsc) said…

I really enjoyed meeting you at TCOYD in DC. Thanks for all you do for the community. You may not always see it in the people you talk to or affect with your site, but it truly makes a difference.

At 7:22pm on May 26, 2011, Linda G said…
Greetings Karen (I like your voodoo doll!!)....
Best Wishes on your Special Day....and on the next 364 days!
How's it all going? Do you have any questions or comments?
At 4:10am on May 26, 2011, SEAGATOR said…
Happy,Happy Birthday,Karen. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!
At 7:11am on May 7, 2011, Marie B said…
congrats on being featured!

Karen Graffeo's Blog

Diabetes = Human Voodoo Doll

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 9:28am 9 Comments

This is my contribution to Diabetes Art Day! If you click the picture, you can read some notes about the supplies I used to create my voodoo self portrait.


Posted on July 1, 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, Gina has had the wonderful idea that we all raise our voices today and let the insurance companies know how much we need them to approve requests for CGMs.

I've been on my pump for about 2 1/2 months. Before I took the plunge, I couldn't see how the "new" pump technology could really help me any more than taking injections. After all, both have the same end result - getting… Continue


Posted on June 21, 2008 at 1:47pm 0 Comments

Gina over at Diabetes Talkfest has declared July 1st as Continuous Glucose Monitor System Denial Day. I personally have not been denied the CGMS . . . . but that is partly because I haven't tried to get coverage for one yet. The way things seem to be going, once my doctor and I decide I am ready to use one, chances are very good the insurance company will say it's a no go.

This is completely unacceptable! Let's raise our… Continue

High Expectations . . . .

Posted on May 30, 2008 at 6:00am 1 Comment

not perfect
So, yesterday was my second follow-up visit with my endo after going on the pump in mid-April. It was also time for my next A1C test. For once, I was excited about this. When last tested, in February, I was at 6.8. I couldn't wait to see what the lab had to say this time. Maybe I would finally have fallen below 6.5!!!

Well, I was quite disappointed when the doctor told me my A1C came back at . . . . 6.7. I only went… Continue

Needles, needles, needles

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

-This is another old post I've imported from DiabetesFriends.net. Unfortunately, we lost Charlie on February 9th, just a few days after I wrote this post. I still miss him terribly.

As a diabetic, we are all very used to needles. Blood draws, finger sticks, and for some, insulin injections. How many times a year do we deal with needles? Too many.

I've never really thought much about it, and never… Continue



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Manny Hernandez
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