Archive for the ‘Blog Posts’ Category

Blog: Colleen

Contributor: Colleen;

Connection: Person with type 1/LADA diabetes

Blog post:

“Finding out you have Type 1 (LADA) Diabetes at the […] age of 54 (one month before the 55th b’day) really, really stunk. Yes, I cried. Then I cried again at the grocery store trying to read those teeny, tiny nutrition labels. Then I cried again when I tried to eat some awful, cardboardy, “low carb” bread.

It’s been one hell of a struggle. It’s been a whole lot of learning.

But I am doing this because I can do this.

And yes, I still cry sometimes, just not as often…”


Blog: Crystal

Contributor: Crystal,

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Blog post:

“Mostly what I learned, because it’s in my face way too often, is how Hard it is to receive “assistance” for a single, white female, 30s, educated, employed. Heck, add in the unemployed and it still doesn’t matter. Again, no advice needed, I’ve been there, read it, looked it up, looked into it.

If any Any of you have questions about either unemployment, looking for work or living withOut insurance, never hesitate to ask, comment, tweet or email me. Never. I am an open book. If I can help, I will. That is a promise.

I, a pre-existing chronic of twenty six years, educated and unemployed, uninsured and lacking self confidence, lonely, depressed, scared at times single thirty two year old female, Can Do This because I have. And so can you.”

Blog: Simon

Contributor: Simon;

Connection: Person with type 1/LADA diabetes

Blog post:

“This is how my ten days in hospital with life threatening infections and severe DKA played out. All but blind and with limited mobility, I came face to face not only with insulin dependent diabetes but the reality that those I had long counted friends had abandoned me. I was no ordinary person then and 18 months later I am still no ordinary person.

Still enduring a string of medical appointments and physical pain from complications I am making a go of things. Working consecutive sixty hour weeks I’m sending out a signal to those “friends” who left me lying in ward. It’s a shout out to all of those who said I’d never make it back and it was all my fault…..I can do this and I am doing this.”

Blog: Aynzan

Contributor: Aynzan;

Connection: Newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

Blog post:

It took me some time  to come to terms regarding my newly detected health issue. After analysing and comprehending the magnitude of the whole problem, I have stepped up with a totally new confidence in me. Like a mantra, I constantly keep repeating that I don’t want the ‘diabetes’ to take control of my life. And that’s when I decided to take the initiative to make amends: for me and for the sake of my dear family.

Blog Post: Jen

Contributor: Jen; @bloodsweatcarbs

Connection: Parent of a child with type 1 diabetes

Blog post:

[Dylan has] played soccer for 3 years, from grades 2-4, and took karate at the same time, working his way up to his orange belt, before giving up the martial art due to time restraints (and he would like to resume both of these activities as soon as his schedule permits). He has taken countless sets of swimming lessons, and is headed to his third diabetes camp this summer. We also regularly go camping, hiking, cycling, walking, skiing, and geocaching as a family. He is on the school honor roll and for the past 2 years he has been part of the “gifted” program in his school district, which means that for a 1/2 day per week he goes to a different school with other “gifted” children to do more abstract challenge projects. And this past year he took up perhaps the scariest of all team sports, ice hockey, which he adores. All of this, combined with the youth ambassador work he does for JDRF, and a large group of school friends that he cares passionately about. Diabetes has accompanied us on family vacations to Las Vegas, Disneyland, Puerto Vallarta (twice), and many local destinations. With each new activity, we have faced new challenges, such as whether to suspend the pump, run a temp basal, switch to syringes, or simply remove the pump altogether, but through it all, Dylan has been positive and happy, and, to date, we have never had an A1C of over 9.0, so we’re doing okay.

Blog: Diane

Contributor: Diane;

Connection: Parent of a child with type 1 diabetes

Blog post:

“You can do this because you have strength in places you haven’t had to look yet.  You have the love for your child that will drive you to find the way to coach him how to have the confidence to manage and thrive in his new world.  And so you begin. 

You move onto to your “new normal” with a positive and calm demeanor because you know he is watching your every move and taking his cues on how to handle all the unknowns from how you are handling them.  You package up your own fear, worries and sadness and save it up for night or for your brief times alone in the car.

Diabetes is a family affair and while it makes me sad in places that I don’t have words for that my son’s childhood has been colored by this disease it has also brought a strength and bond to our family that gives me the peace to know we are able to handle our future. Diabetes is a part of us but it is not the soul of us.”

Blog: Sarah, TJ and Isaac

Contributors: Sarah, TJ and Isaac;

Connection: Adult with diabetes; child with diabetes; wife/mom

Blog post:

“I think that the diagnosis of a lifelong chronic medical condition like type 1 diabetes can be daunting, but together we can help others know that all of their dreams are still within reach. The life as they know it will pick right up, it just comes with a few additional tools to rely on. Take for example our hiking, TJ and I have always loved doing it. Him having type 1 diabetes has never slowed us down, yes he has a pocket full of lifesavers, pen needles, insulin and keeps his glucometer within reach, but we still hike. With Isaac’s diagnosis we decided to take the same course of action, just now we pack two glucometers, two juice boxes, two rolls of glucose tabs, a glucagon kit (TJ never carried one before!), insulin, pen needles and well enough patience to make it up any mountain with two monkeys joining our adventures.”