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Introducing BabyBL

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Trying to voice everything a little more sweetly.

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MelissaBL commented on Manny Hernandez's blog post 'An apology...'
"I agree with Emily. And I admire you for correcting the mistake quickly and sincerely."
MelissaBL replied to jeanettephx's discussion 'Okra for reducing blood sugars.'
"There is no food that can actually lower blood sugar. That's not how food works. Even vegetables. Our bodies convert food to energy. And by energy, I mean glucose. The only things that can lower blood glucose are physical activity and…"
Aug 1
MelissaBL replied to ErinWA's discussion 'Supposed "gestational diabetes" diagnosed at 6 weeks and wondering about my current treatment'
"1) go over to our Oh Baby group here on TuD. We will help support you through the pregnancy! 2) at 32 weeks, you are doing great to have such tight control. The basal insulin is probably enough, but it's certainly up to you if you'd like…"
Jul 31
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Jul 24

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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?
support, information, amazing friendships :)
Date diagnosed
July 3, 1990
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7.2 - July 2014
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM
What pump model do you use, if any?
Asante Snap (former user of Tandem t:slim, old and new Omnipod, Deltec Cozmo 1800, Minimed Paradigm 715, 712 and Minimed 508)
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About Me...

Hello, friends. I would like to tell you a little about myself and how I found my way here. I am married to a wonderful man named Kevin. We live together in a suburb of Dallas, Texas with our two dogs, fat cat, and two fabulous kids.

For a living, I teach private voice lessons. I don't know if you've ever met a private music teacher, but we are an interesting breed. I teach singing fundamentals, but I am also an entertainer, counselor, personal trainer, and friend to my teenage clients. Somehow I end up at all their birthday parties and they ended up in my wedding. I live for it.

I first joined here during my personal struggle toward pre-conception - when I was trying to get my A1C down below that magic 6.0ish marker to participate in the baby race. My friends were all pregnant or have kids already and I was dealing with resentment and depression about it. Then I met the amazing people of TuDiabetes. I enjoyed very healthy pregnancies and we welcomed our little girl into the world in February of 2010. We followed that up with a little boy in February of 2012. I am so thankful for the love and support I receive here.

I've always been very private as a diabetic. Everyone knows that I have it - friends, colleagues, students - but no one actually knows how I feel about it, which is why I've joined here and begun a blog. I'm inspired by the people here who put their experiences out there so people like me finally understand we're not alone. I feel embarrassed over all the things I've handled poorly trying to do it all on my own, but I am born again here and want to be a better ambassador for the condition - which I rarely call a disease.

I don't care that much about a cure. Even as a kid, I accepted that diabetes was not a new condition and that it was infinitely complex. But nevertheless, I grow excited about technological advancements that might help people with diabetes live longer and better lives. If there ever is a cure, I will be overjoyed, but I grow weary of talking about it like it's just around the corner.

I am liberal, creative, curious, and overtly maternal. I love to cook. I hate doing laundry. I nag. I am obsessively organized...most of the time. I am a secular humanist, a comedian, a singer, writer, and performer. I love Coach bags. I love my Tivo, my iPhone, and my Roomba. I test my blood sugar 10 times a day. I am verbose to a fault. I am opinionated. I am quick to apologize. I was an English major and a Music major. I am still proud of the fact that I graduated in the top 1% of my class. That doesn't mean I don't say or do stupid leave my insulin in Germany and get on a train for the Czech Republic. I am bossy, but kind. I love people, especially all kinds. :) And I like color (in case you couldn't tell).

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At 7:33am on March 1, 2014, Linda G said…

CONGRATULATIONS on receiving the Crusaderaward, and Crusader award Melissa! Well done!

At 2:34pm on February 28, 2014, Emily Coles said…

Congratulations for receiving the 2014 TuDiabetes "Crusader" award, Mel! You made quite a splash!

At 10:02am on October 16, 2013, Marie B said…

Happy Birthday Mel!!!

At 4:57pm on October 2, 2013, Meghan said…

Hi Melissa,

I am trying to get pregnant I have type 1 diabetes and celiac. What were your experience with both? I am looking for some advice anything would be great.


At 7:16pm on February 11, 2013, Eugenia C said…

Hi Melissa,

I just found out that I am pregnant. I am scared since I have Diabetes and high blod preasure as well. My endo told me that he definetly was against me getting pregnant. But I got pregnant before he said that without knowing. How were your pregnancies? I am also 40 years I am also scared because of my age. It's my first pregnancy. Hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards,


At 3:20pm on October 16, 2012, Emily Coles said…

Happy birthday, Mel!!!

At 7:29am on October 16, 2012, Marie B said…

Happy Birthday Mel!

At 6:19am on October 16, 2012, Teena said…
At 6:27am on August 28, 2012, bikette said…

Hi Melissa
We haven't really "met" but I've 'admired you from afar' for the two years since I was fortunate enough to find tuD. I came in after most of your First Baby ordeal and was about neck deep in tax folders when your little man came into your world, but I remember thinking what a Perfect Union he had in you and Kevin.

No big message here - just reading about your work with DHF and wanted to send you good vibes for you continuing success with DHF, with your work and with mommyhood. But mostly I wanted to thank you for your work here at tuD. I think we all land here in a state of mass confusion and terrible worry about the future for us with our wild 'n crazy world and of course our own deadly disease.

While everyone shows love and respect for Manny and his ongoing representation on our behalf, I don't actually remember telling you how you are also appreciated for all that you do around here. And what better time to congratulate someone for her amazing job at tuD than when she is off to better and more influential environs to fulfill her goals of educating everyone about (and with) diabetes. So thanks. Good luck. Give those babies (and the big baby you married) a big, wet, mushy, warm, hug from the crazy Canuck and save some of that warmth for yourself. You've earned it.
~ b.

At 9:21pm on July 15, 2012, Marps said…

Hey, was just going through some really old comments on my profile (haven't been on TuD for a long while) and remembered that you were expecting #2? How did everything turn out?? I'm on #2 now. 5 months along- everything is smooth so far. We have the full anatomy scan scheduled for Friday- which also happens to be my daughter's 1st birthday!

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