Awaken by the horrible sound of the alarm clock. I reach over for my glucometer. As I squeeze my recently poked ring finger my own blood splatters all over my face and the wall in what looked like a scene from some B-rated horror movie. “What a way to start the day” I say to myself under my breath. Careful to not wake up my fiance next to me or the pups below my feet. 56 mg/dl the small lighted screen answers back in a matter-of-factly manner. I let out a loud audible sigh and I hear a voice…Continue
Having type one diabetes is like being in a science class sometimes. WE might have a hypothesis as to why our blood sugars are high or low and then sometimes the hypothesis does not pan out.
Just the other day, I had my usual oatmeal with chia seeds, skim milk, and almonds. I am sort of boring most days with my breakfast foods - because I love oatmeal in all its many forms. Most times, with the injected Victoza I use and my insulin dose, I can prevent my morning blood sugars from…Continue
A friend sold me her fitbit flex health tracker.
I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS.
I love the fact that tracks so many different vial stats and is very flexible. I was wondering if anybody has tried to track or monitor their glucose results and or insulin injections with it. Do you know of an application that will sync the fitbit with your glucose monitor. I want something that will specifically…Continue
Actually it hasn't been all that bad. I jumped on to my own insurance for the first time this year after…Continue
I walked out of the smaller than normal dressing room. Wearing a dress that was unbelievably comfortable. Eyes of my “entourage” (AKA my bridesmaids, his mom, my mom, step mom and grandma) fall on me and follow the dress to the floor. “That is beautiful” I hear from mostly everyone. Then I look into the mirror. This.. is it. For the first time the entire long wedding dress shopping day I feel like this is the one I could walk…Continue
This is my daughter, Lauren. She is 9 years old. She was diagnosed one week after her 4th birthday. She doesn’t remember life before diabetes. And even though she lived 4 years without it, I don’t remember her not having diabetes.
To read the rest of Laurens story and to learn how to add your own…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on January 7, 2015 at 6:49pm — No Comments
I am very lucky that it never got to the point that I needed to be hospitalized for it, however, when it was caught, my first A1C was…Continue
Our son Carter was diagnosed with T1D on July 21,2012 just three days shy of his fourth birthday! Although challenging at times, we have refused to let this disease define him, his life or our lives! He has faced it with more courage and grace than anyone I know! His understanding of the disease is…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on November 18, 2014 at 5:59pm — No Comments
What is it like to be diabetic?
My friend Stoner’s question about what diabetes is
really rang with me and I agree it is a very difficult one to answer. I did…Continue
Ten months later, my A1c is 6.5 and I’m still striving to get it lower. I always exercised but I’m even more proud of myself for my hard work because it’s more challenging as a diabetic. I have to know my numbers pre and post workout, bolus different, etc. While being diagnosed has been a game changer, I…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on October 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I’ve never been involved in the diabetic community before because I was focused more on my own wellness with this disease. I want to change that. I feel we all have the responsibility to share our story and the challenges we face, so that we can make it that much easier for people recently diagnosed. We all…Continue
I have learned to accept you and have tried to be one with you. And I am learning to be thankful for all that you have given me…Strength, courage & an understanding that I could not have realized existed without you. Faith & belief in my family and their unconditional & uncompromising love and support.…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on September 30, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments
This is Blake our Type 1 superhero!! Blake was diagnosed at 5 years old. I remember the day he was diagnosed like the day he was born with every small little detail. It was 12/26/13 (our late Christmas present) Blake has been our families rock. He assures us that we will find a cure for this disease. As a mother…Continue
My name is Ashlynn and I was diagnosed with type one diabetes 14 years ago. I was only four years old when I was diagnosed and its never been easy! Diabetes has always been challenging to me since day 1! Everything got harder for me when I hit my teenage years. I stopped taking care of myself, was rebellious…Continue
Added by TheDiabetesHero on September 7, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and The Diabetes Collective, Inc., a Florida not for profit corporation, we are able to offer a number of scholarships to The Diabetes UnConference.
The deadline to apply for…Continue
Added by Christel on September 2, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments
We bleed through this disease in more ways than one, but what if? And I’m not proposing some miracle cure, some hogwash alternative remedy beyond the honest diet and exercise. What I am proposing is purely theoretical – a fantasy or nightmare – what would you give up to stop the bleeding? Could you lose time to make time? And this is where it gets rather outlandish; her is the proposal; one year only (12 months, 365 non leap days) in a medically induced coma; where you lay there, sugar…Continue
Okay. The hard ones, the immediate ones first:
What does it mean here in the USA that a day arrived where I could honestly sigh in relief that—"whew, whatever else that has occurred that is horrible, at least none of our law enforcement officers beheaded anyone today." ?....
As a child of the 60s with emotional wounds from losses on both sides of those barricades (med-evac pilot lover lost in 'Nam/brain damaged protestor from a police billy club at the Dem…Continue
On a good day, diabetes isn't a bad disease to have - I say this all the time. On a bad day, when I'm so crazy, infuriated and angry about the slightest, next-to-nothing, when I'm 'exploitative' hating myself for finding a normal day so difficult and I just can't get my sugar to come down; when I'm so scared my eye bleeds again and a world of opportunity threatening to be taken away from me; well then I'll seriously consider swapping you my diabetes for something else, you take your…Continue
I introduced our newly diagnosed diabetic kitty, Doufus, in the Pets and People Group---one of the first I joined many years ago:
But Update Today: What a day. And "miles to go" yet. Dear kitty Doufus…Continue