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not your average adolescence

It’s been quiet on this blog for many months. About a year ago, my daughter began to express concern about how my blog posts affected her privacy. It was for this precise reason that I had always consulted with her before publishing anything, and she had–for years–supported the effort to share our unique experiences with T1D in a … Continue reading

7th Annual Diabetes Blog Week: May 19

Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What’s … Continue reading

7th Annual Diabetes Blog Week: May 18

There is an old saying that states “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. I’m willing to bet we’ve all disagreed with this at some point, and especially when it comes to diabetes. Many advocate for the importance of using non-stigmatizing, inclusive and non-judgmental language when speaking about or … Continue reading

7th Annual Diabetes Blog Week: May 17

We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out … Continue reading

7th Annual Diabetes Blog Week: May 16

Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion.) … Continue reading

goodbye hello

Goodbye Ping. Hello t:slim! We switched over to the t:slim in early August. Having pumped with the Animas Ping for four years, we grew exhausted by billing department frustrations and annoyed by plain tech features. I have to say, though, that the Ping did its job. It helped keep Maddy alive, and that’s why we used it. … Continue reading

CGM reality

I’ve been selfish lately, and I’m feeling guilty about it. About a month ago, we dove into the deep end, entering the world of continuous glucose monitoring. It took some time to shuffle paperwork and process the order, but everything was approved and we started live about three weeks ago. I fell in love with … Continue reading


Madeline and I attended our first Friends for Life conference last week, sponsored by the Children with Diabetes organization. FFL is an annual international conference that offers opportunities for children and families living with diabetes to gather for the purpose of learning, sharing, laughing and growing.  being in Orlando in July is another tale… but … Continue reading

communication breakdown

Earlier this week, one company’s disgusting social media blunder ignited fierce and passionate responses from many, including those in the diabetes community. Sure, CrossFit didn’t use sound judgment or tact when making its Twitter proclamation. Later, it clarified that the meme was referencing type 2 diabetes—as though somehow that made its content more acceptable. In … Continue reading

nailed it

Over here in our corner of diabetes land, we’ve been nailing it like no one’s business. Like this: 1. We’re visiting family in central Maine, about 5 hours from home. The Verio Sync starts to run low on juice. No problem, just plug her in for a recharge. Except, there’s no charger.  So I buy … Continue reading

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