New Year, New Commitment

Happy 2014! The New Year always seems like a good time to make a new start–you know, resolutions and all that jazz. Now that we are a few weeks into 2014, where are you? Did you make a resolution? Has it already gone by the wayside? No worries–we don’t really need those New Year’s resolutions …

I am Diabetic Every Day

Everyone has challenges. UNLIKE EVERYONE–our challenge just happens to be a diabetes diagnosis. None of us wanted it, none of asked for it, but here we are. Our daily lives are affected–some pretty severely. We have to test our blood sugar, watch our diet, take medication, take insulin injections, and keep up with insulin pumps …

Exercise and Being Active: What Do You Have to Lose?

Let’s get the disclaimers out of the way first. I am not a diet or exercise or medical professional. I can only give you my experience. SEE YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY NEW EXERCISE OR FITNESS REGIMEN! There, now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk. Besides changing how I eat, getting on a …

How to Live with Someone Who Has Diabetes

Living with someone who has diabetes can be a challenge. It can be scary, confusing, and overwhelming, but there are three key things that can help make it easier. 1. Communicate The person with diabetes and those who live with him or her need to agree on how to manage the disease together. Will the …

I’m Diabetic — Who Really Needs to Know?

Letting people know that you have diabetes can be difficult. I’ve never felt the need to hide my diabetes from anyone. I don’t make a point of telling everyone I meet, but if there is a need to say something or it comes up, I talk about it openly. My hope is that if a …

Pump It Up! How Using an Insulin Pump Changed My Life

After I started taking insulin injections, I had several people–acquaintances, nurses, doctors–suggest that I may want to consider using an insulin pump. At the time, I thought that the pump was something people who could not manage their diabetes went to as a last resort. …

Hit Me With Your Best Shot! Surviving the Blood Draw

As part of managing our diabetes, we all have to have our blood drawn regularly. For some of you, it’s probably not a big deal. For me? It’s a big deal! I have always been a “tough stick.” Even when I was little and in the hospital a couple of times, I remember the nurses having to …

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