My Experience at the 2016 CDN Retreat

My Experience at the 2016 CDN Retreat

Two years ago, I attended the inaugural College Diabetes Network (CDN) Retreat in Bridgton, Maine. As a college student about to enter her senior year, I was eager to connect with other CDN chapter leaders across the country and gain … Read more

The Price of Diabetes in the U.S.

Mexico

If you’re sick in the United States, one way or another, you’ll pay. I learned this when, as a type 1 diabetic, I lost my health insurance not once, but twice. The first time I lost my insurance was five … Read more

UnitedHealthcare Takes Away Diabetes Devices

UnitedHealthcare Takes Away Diabetes Devices

If you’ve heard about UnitedHealthcare (UHC) limiting members to only Medtronic insulin pumps beginning July 1 and feel this is wrong, please go to “We are DPAC“ (Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition) and say so. UHC members will no longer have … Read more

#DBlogWeek Day 5 – Tips and Tricks

My desk at work, low snack stash in the upper right hand corner.

This was a favorite prompt of mine from the 2014 Diabetes Blog Week, so I’m glad to see it has made a return for 2016: “Let’s round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From … Read more

#DBlogWeek Day 4 – The Healthcare Experience

#DBlogWeek Day 4 – The Healthcare Experience

If you had asked me to write this blog post before I started seeing my current endocrinologist, it would have probably turned into a long rant about my frustrations with various doctors I’ve seen over the years. I have been … Read more

#DBlogWeek Day 3 – Language and Diabetes

#DBlogWeek Day 3 – Language and Diabetes

I have decided to include the full prompt for today’s blog here in order to provide some background for people who may be unfamiliar with this diabetes debate: “There is an old saying that states “Sticks and stones may break … Read more

#DBlogWeek Day 2 – The Other Half of Diabetes

#DBlogWeek Day 2 – The Other Half of Diabetes

Today’s topic is intimidating for me to write about, but its importance is monumental. We dwell so much on the physical component of diabetes and often forget that the mental component is just as significant. When I saw that today’s … Read more

#DBlogWeek Day 1 – Message Monday

DBlogWeek

It’s officially the start of Diabetes Blog Week! This is the third consecutive one I have participated in and I’m excited to write blogs each day this week. Today’s prompt is the following question: What is the most important diabetes … Read more

What Community Health Workers Can Teach Us

What Community Health Workers Can Teach Us

Recently I was invited to Washington, D.C. to work on a project called HealthRise. HealthRise aims to expand access to care for diabetes and heart disease in underserved parts of the U.S., Brazil, India and South Africa. Community Health Workers … Read more

Lunch at Work Leaves Me in a Pickle

My Lunchbox

When it comes to lunchtime, I’m a creature of habit. I pack a similar lunch each day that consists of around 35-40 carbohydrates. I eat my lunch right around noon when I’m at work and a bit later in the … Read more

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