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Tressa's Blog (4)

The Optometrist

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…


Added by Tressa on August 17, 2013 at 2:59pm — 6 Comments

The Gingerbread House

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.



Added by Tressa on December 15, 2011 at 12:29am — 6 Comments

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

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…


Added by Tressa on December 1, 2011 at 2:00pm — 14 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

Added by Tressa on July 11, 2011 at 11:54pm — 3 Comments



From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

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HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

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Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


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Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


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