Hypoglycemia: Coming to a Theater Near You!

Sometimes, my job can be fun.

It was a dark and stormy night. There were several newly hired employees behind the stand who weren’t prepared for what was about to happen. Star Trek, Epic, Fast and Furious 6, Iron Man, and other popular titles were in … Read more

The Health of My Whole Person

The Health of My Whole Person

Annual physical: check Blood tests: check Mammogram: check Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin D: check The school year is over (I’m a college writing teacher), and I have time to take care of more than my diabetes. June comes around and … Read more

Sibling Rivalry: Diabetes vs Maya

Sibling Rivalry: Diabetes vs Maya

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes seventeen years ago. That’s the amount of time it takes to raise a child. With all the TLC I’ve provided, Diabetes should be ready for college. Let’s hope he goes out-of-state. Meanwhile, two … Read more

My Exceptional Diabetes Accomplishment

My Exceptional Diabetes Accomplishment

Like long distance running, diabetes is a lonely journey. There are others out there on the course and others cheering you on, but you are alone. It is important to have caring and supportive people around you to help you … Read more

Diabetes Memories: The Day I Mixed Up My Insulin Pens

Diabetes Memories: The Day I Mixed Up My Insulin Pens

I’ve had many memorable diabetes days and moments over the past eleven years since diagnosis (although I’m not sure I actually remember diagnosis day very clearly, since I was in shock).  From running my first marathon, and then six more, … Read more

Share and Don’t Share: The Person Behind the Numbers

Share and Don’t Share: The Person Behind the Numbers

I’m truly grateful for the medical care I receive. Every time I go to the diabetes clinic (which is at least 3-4 times a year) I am surprised at the time and effort put into my visit. I never feel … Read more

Changing the Basal Insulin Settings on my Insulin Pump

Changing the Basal Insulin Settings on my Insulin Pump

A few days ago, after months of high blood sugar and a blood test to confirm it, I decided to increase my basal insulin levels to try and bring it down. I didn’t change my basal insulin settings; I just … Read more

Worst A1c Since Diagnosis, But It’s Coming Down

Worst A1c Since Diagnosis, But It’s Coming Down

After putting it off for as long as possible, I got my quarterly blood work done last Wednesday. I expected disappointing results and wasn’t very surprised with them when they came in. In a way, I was a little relieved. … Read more

Turning Diabetes Over to the Bionic Pancreas

Turning Diabetes Over to the Bionic Pancreas

I considered titling this “Anna Floreen Was Diabetes-Free for 5 Days,” because she was and now she’s not. And I’m curious what that transition has been like — picking up your chronic illness again after you dropped it from your … Read more

Life on Insulin: Lots of Planning, Little Success

Life on Insulin: Lots of Planning, Little Success

Normal people do normal things without planning.  Eat.  Sleep.  Run.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  When you live on insulin, though, it’s a totally different story.  Spontaneity tends to lead to disaster.  So, I plan.  This should mean I’m safe, right?  But for … Read more

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