I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2011 during my 23rd year of teaching in NYC's public school system. I intended to quit immediately, however, at the request of my principal, I decided to stay until the end of that school year. During those four months, I secured a Health Coach and Personal Trainer. As a result, I lost 25 pounds and looked and felt so much better. The following month after my retirement from teaching, I began an online course in nutrition. By the end of that…Continue
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What diabetes milestones have you celebrated? Read the story of Richard Vaughn, a.k.a. Richard157, who has lived with diabetes for 68 years and is a Joslin 50-Year Medalist in our latest Discuss Diabetes post. Best, Laura K.
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Diabetes and Arthritis
In this month’s magazine, Arthritis Today, there is an article discussing the link between diabetes and arthritis. I think it is worth summarizing. The article titled “The Diabetes Arthritis Connection” was written by Linda Rath (Rath, 2013). The article has some amazing statistics. For instance “half of the adults in the United States with doctor-diagnosed diabetes-close to 10 million people- also…Continue
It’s Thankgiving week. This used to be one of my favorite holidays because it was the one time out of the entire year where you could eat whatever your heart desired and no one said a thing. That was until I became diabetic. Now, during this old favorite holiday people comment on how much I’m eating or give me a look. For those of you who are still going through the emotions of this holiday, I want to give you some encouragement, that you are not alone, and some tips on how to give yourself…Continue
Added by Dkinsey on November 25, 2013 at 7:26am — No Comments
So…as of now, I’m not on any kind of insulin for my diabetes. My endocrinologist was happy with my diagnosis A1C of 6.8 and decided to just see what my A1C is in three months.
I’ve been watching (and weighing and recording) everything I eat for almost 4 years now, so adding the component of watching my carbs wasn’t a huge stretch for me.…
Up until yesterday Asha was only 1 of 3 diabetic alert service dogs in Canada.
As you all know, yesterday was World diabetes day. Guide dogs of Canada has finally stepped up to the demand of diabetic alert service dogs and the very first class in training graduated yesterday.
How cool is that???
Where I live, in the city of Calgary Alberta, There just isn't many service dogs around. And although everyone is aware of the seeing eye dogs, most people are not aware that dogs can…Continue
I recently discovered a blog called Hyperbole and a Half that is really pretty wonderful — not only is the writing good but the blogger illustrates the posts with fun little scribble drawings that somehow capture the essence of everything in the post just perfectly. Today's post, "Menace", was all about how the blogger discovered the nature of power — and how addictive it could be — at age 4 by means of a dinosaur…Continue
By the numbers
I was at the wound center today for my newest weekly appointment. The assistant was measuring the wound, 1.2 cm deep (that is good), 2.5 cm wide (no change) 4 cm long (0.1 cm longer) overall the wound is healing, and the important number, the depth is healing a lot. The length could be an error from last week. Everything looks good or better so clean it out, bandage it and on my way in about 45 minutes.
What struck me…Continue
My husband is encouraging me to journal about my experience with the DO IT program at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. As journaling has always been centering for me, and because you all are the perfect audience, I will post the blogs here. Hope they are helpful.
I made it to Boston. Am a little apprehensive about all of this and slept poorly. Had several lows of 40 or so on Friday and Saturday. Somehow that always happens just before I travel alone. All the better to worry my…Continue
International Diabetes Federation just started a Thunderclap campaign to raise awareness on World Diabetes Day!
Thunderclap is a website that allows people to pledge to Tweet or Facebook a message all on the same time day and at the exact same time, in order to achieve the maximum effect. They aim to reach at least 250 supporters at the latest on Nov.14 but the more supporters they get, the more successful the campaign will…Continue
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This morning, The Kid donned her furry Halloween costume and, with the promise of candy, traipsed behind a kind lady to a room filled with older ladies and gentlemen. We were part of a toddler parade at the local Memory Care & Alzheimer’s facility and I watched as the faces of these individuals lit up when small…Continue
November is Diabetes Month. This month you'll hear more about diabetes symptoms and risk factors than you will all year.
But there's something you won't hear about. The health challenges those of us who've lived with diabetes for decades may face. There's little research on it; not so long ago people died before they could live that long with diabetes.
But for those of us who will have lived much of our lives with diabetes -- those who got, and will yet get, Type 1 diabetes as…Continue
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I would love to know, for a possible article on the Huffington Post,if you've ever encountered discrimination, or felt discriminated against because of your diabetes - type 1 or type 2?
I can remember not being able to get health insurance because I had a "pre-existing" condition. I can remember being told there were certain jobs I couldn't hold like being an airplane pilot.
What have you come across where diabetes has made you feel discriminated? I would love to…Continue
As we have all recently heard, prediabetes and Type 2 late onset diabetes are real concerns that we should be aware of and start healthy habits now. The upside to being able to control your blood sugar levels naturally is that you avoid dependence on medication and any unwanted side effects that may come with that. But how do you control blood sugar levels? Well, here are 4 things you can do to stabilize blood sugar levels and stay on the right track whether you have already been diagnosed…Continue
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So we've entered new territory: Eric and exercise. Yes, I know he's an active boy. Yes, I know he has PE class, swimming lessons, and horseback riding. Yes, I've dealt with exercise-induced lows before...
But now we're taking gymnastics class, and that's a brand new ball game [no pun intended].
See, for all the activities described above, Eric is kind of a sedentary kid. Living on a farm in the woods, you'd think that any little boy would be out and about, running around,…Continue
I LOVE this time of year!! Holidays are coming, my birthday is coming, Big Blue Test is coming, World Diabetes Day is coming... and so is the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange! Do you guys know about this? It's an initiative by Lee Ann Thill, who is a member of TuDiabetes and has her own blog called The Butter…Continue
I put this on my blog tonight and I realized I wanted to share it with you.
I turn 60 tomorrow. How did that happen? My mother's probably asking herself the same question up in Connecticut. I'd say just putting one foot in front of the other every day. But the occasion does give me pause to think about what I've learned so far.
(By the way, this picture was two years ago me shooting up before my meal. My friend P. to my right looks a little startled, but then I'm a teacher and…Continue
To Pump or not to Pump. My advice, suggestion and opinion on choosing the Medtronic or any Insulin Pump for your child or yourself.
How do you handle preparing for a weather emergency? Read how blogger Scott Estrin managed his diabetes care while his home was without power for 10 days during Hurricane Sandy in our latest Discuss Diabetes post. Best, Laura K.
Refreshing Teachers "A Diabetes Tidbit"
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