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Started this discussion. Last reply by Asha Feb 8, 2012. 34 Replies

Hello Everyone,I am writing a research paper on diabulimia and am trying to gauge the diabetic community's response to it. Diabulimia is a disorder in which a diabetic deliberately take less insulin…Continue

Tags: controversy, study, issues, T1, insulin

Attention Bay Area High Schooler, Incoming College Students, and Parents

Started Aug 3, 2010 0 Replies

Come to the 'College and Type 1 Diabetes' event on Thursday, August 19 from 7:00PM-9:00PM! This freeprogram, which will be at the JDRF San Francisco office,includes Q & A with a panel of current…Continue

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Started Jun 10, 2010 0 Replies

Hey Everyone,I just wanted to post some events that the JDRF Bay Area Chapter is planning over the next few months.  Please take a look.Thanks,TressaType 1 Diabetes Night with the San Francisco…Continue

Insulin pump tubing turning black?

Started this discussion. Last reply by La May 22, 2014. 2 Replies

Just when I thought I "knew it all" something unexpected happened.  I was about to go to sleep when my boyfriend said, "Why is your pump tubing black?"  At first I thought that it was just reflecting…Continue

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La replied to Tressa's discussion 'Insulin pump tubing turning black?'
"I know it's 4 years after the post and it's just happened to me. Definetly not clothing - it's also from the top of the reservoir and stops about 10cm from the clip onto the shorter tube. Have changed to fresh everything - I've…"
May 22, 2014
shoshana27 commented on Tressa's blog post 'The Optometrist'
"negative thoughts are depressing positive thoughts are upliftiiiing smile & the world smiles with you"
Aug 21, 2013
Mom of a Winner commented on Tressa's blog post 'The Optometrist'
"Maybe you can change the mantra from: Nerve damage. Kidney failure. Heart disease. Blindness.... To Warrior Amazing Strong Overcomer Excellence Just a thought. Positive thoughts."
Aug 21, 2013
Tressa and shoshana27 are now friends
Aug 18, 2013
meee commented on Tressa's blog post 'The Optometrist'
"Just try to take a deep breath- you can't change the past, but just continue to take good care of yourself now, which is great! Shoshana is right, we never know what will happen with out health, my mom passed away years ago from a brain…"
Aug 18, 2013
Tybirdtybird commented on Tressa's blog post 'The Optometrist'
"Oh yeah the drs told me I will not make to 50."
Aug 18, 2013
Tybirdtybird commented on Tressa's blog post 'The Optometrist'
"For me I already have heart disease might have to have third surgery. My heart dr told me don't let BG get over 150."
Aug 18, 2013
shoshana27 commented on Tressa's blog post 'The Optometrist'
"don't worry so much healthy people who don't have diabetes get sick too my husband was healthy & i had t1 he had a heart attack at 46 years old & i am still here have been diabetic for 76+ years so keep smiling"
Aug 17, 2013
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The Optometrist

Nerve damage. Kidney failure. Heart disease.Blindness.All wonderful things the doctors like to tell you about for the rest of your life after you're diagnosed with diabetes. Since I was eight years old these complications run through my head with every high blood sugar.Nerve damage. Kidney failure. Heart disease.Blindness.At this point I have accepted the likelihood of experiencing one or more of these lovely consequences. I find myself holding my breath at every doctor appointment. Just…See More
Aug 17, 2013
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Mar 8, 2012
Asha replied to Tressa's discussion 'Diabulimia'
"Tressa Please visit my website for a ton of resources on diabulimia. I am the founder of this organization and would love to help you. Please feel free to email me at :)"
Feb 8, 2012
knittykat replied to Tressa's discussion 'Diabulimia'
"I had my own issues with food/weight before I was dx'd T1. I am doing much better because I eat very low carb, so I keep my insulin usage down that way...but I think about skipping boluses all the time. I have high autoimmune markers for…"
Feb 3, 2012
Teo replied to Tressa's discussion 'Diabulimia'
"Thanks, Aimee! it is great you are so careful in your parenting! Keep up and all the best:)"
Feb 3, 2012
Brianna replied to Tressa's discussion 'Diabulimia'
"I was diagnosed with T1 at age 10. I can honestly say that it never crossed my mind to reduce insulin to lose weight, even when I was a teenager. That is not to say that I didn't have my own issues with bloodsugars and food. But I think it was…"
Feb 2, 2012
LaGuitariste replied to Tressa's discussion 'Diabulimia'
"Your story is so common -- and so very sad. Too many people will give you lots of compliments for losing weight, without every wondering or seriously inquiring HOW or WHY you're losing weight. There is tremendous pressure to be thin with little…"
Feb 2, 2012

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Posted on August 17, 2013 at 2:59pm 6 Comments

Nerve damage.

Kidney failure.

Heart disease.


All wonderful things the doctors like to tell you about for the rest of your life after you're diagnosed with diabetes. Since I was eight years old these complications run through my head with every high blood sugar.

Nerve damage.

Kidney failure.

Heart disease.


At this point I have accepted the likelihood of experiencing one or more of these lovely consequences. I find myself…


The Gingerbread House

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 12:29am 6 Comments

It was the Christmas season of 1998. My father was underway and would not be joining us for Christmas that year, so my mother decided that we would go stay with my Grandparents. To this day, having Christmas in Wisconsin feels special. There’s something about the snow that seems magical. The way it transforms the land into another world. That fantasy built up by storybooks somehow seems complete when waking up to a snow-covered wonderland.

Plus, I got to see my grandparents.



Low-Carb Diets Will NOT Cure Me (or You)

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 2:00pm 14 Comments

Here's a little disclaimer since people don't seem to be getting the message: This blog is meant for people who have an eating disorder. The word "cure" is not referencing diabetes, rather diabulimia and/or binge eating disorders. Please be mindful of this when commenting.

I am so sick of hearing about "low-carb, low-carb, low-carb." I've heard other diabulimics say it has cured them, I have heard of low-carb diets as advice from people who mean well, and I read a lot about it in the…



Posted on July 11, 2011 at 11:54pm 3 Comments

Do I seem obsessed with it? Well I am a little. 8 years ago it took over my life and I am still struggling to get through recovery. It has not always been easy to talk about. Many reactions I receive from people when they hear that I'm still trying to move past it are shocked and horrified, and I understand. That being said, it doesn't make it any easier.

I am lucky to have a good team of people working on my side. My nutritionist has written the only book every published on… Continue

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At 5:26am on April 8, 2010, Marie B said…
We also have a Group here called "Parents of Teens and Young Adults" - I would post there. I also would friend our founder, Manny Hernandez. He and his wife Andreina live in the bay area. Are you on Twitter? Manny has thousands of followers there, and if you asked him for a retweet on your event, he would do it.
At 7:11pm on April 7, 2010, Martina Milligan said…
Welcome aboard if you need anything please let me know
At 5:20pm on April 7, 2010, Jim Roach said…
Welcome to Tudiabetes Tressa!
At 4:31pm on April 7, 2010, Doris D said…
It IS a GREAT site! Here we try and help each other out! One might not have the answer but with our big family (14,000) someone will get it! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WELCOME TO OUR REALLY BIG FAMILY TRESSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hello and Welcome!
At 10:42am on April 7, 2010, Marie B said…
hi there, Tressa, welcome! Did you add the meetup to "Events" - look towards the bottom of the Main page, there is a place to announce Events. I'm not sure if the event needs to be approved first, but try it.
At 10:39am on April 7, 2010, John Smith said…
Thanks for the add, Tressa. Will you be participating in the Bay Area mentoring?
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Glad you found us,please feel free to get in touch if you need anything all you got to do is click on my picture right next to this comment and that will take you to my page it would be lovely to hear from you.



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