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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
The answer? Yes, I can — and so can you! Generally, adult-onset diabetes is not treated immediately with insulin injections. I was no different. The metformin and dietary changes helped at first–my A1c went down dramatically in just a few months. But as the newness of the diagnosis wore off, so did my fired-up motivation […]
The best we can do is the best we can do. Does that make sense? Making a serious lifestyle change — and trying to find your way after being diagnosed with a chronic illness requires one if you want to be healthy and live a long life — is a challenge at best.
It was 12 years ago in the winter and I remember it very clearly. My home phone rang on a Sunday afternoon, it was my Internal Medicine doctor calling to let me know he had just read my blood work results from earlier that week.