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MelissaBL's Blog

Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 2:06pm 6 Comments

D-Parodies for DHF

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 7:30am 4 Comments

Impatient Voices

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 3:16pm 16 Comments


Posted on February 12, 2014 at 1:02pm 10 Comments

Introducing BabyBL

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 8:32am 38 Comments


Trying to voice everything a little more sweetly.

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Holiday update and party with DHF staff at TuDiabetes homepage

December 18, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm
1pm PT (4pm ET, 9pm GMT)What time is this where you are?How to watch this eventJoin the staff of Diabetes Hands Foundation (parent to TuDiabetes) for a holiday hang-out!!  We'll give you an update on things to come on TuDiabetes in the New Year, answer questions from the community chat about the holidays and generally have a…See More
Clare commented on MelissaBL's blog post 'Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!'
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Profile Information

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 12:24pm on October 16, 2014, Linda G said…

From morning till night
May your SPECIAL DAY be bright

And nicer than ever before!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY and Baskets of Hugs MELISSA!!

At 10:24am on October 16, 2014, Brian (bsc) said…

Happy Birthday Melissa. Thanks for all you do.!!

At 10:11am on October 16, 2014, David (dns) said…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And endless thanks for all you do for the diabetes community (not just ours but the community at large).


At 10:00am on October 16, 2014, Emily Coles said…

Happy birthday Mel!!!  Big hugs and much love coming your way :)

At 7:34pm on September 7, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Melissa congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

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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.


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