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

I Feel Like a CGM

I Feel Like a CGM

My initials are JPA, not CGM.  Right?  But yet, more often than not, I feel like a continuous glucose monitor.  Like anyone who lives with or has a family member with type 1 diabetes – blood glucose numbers are a … Read more

Always Be Prepared: Have Extra Diabetes Supplies On-hand

Always Be Prepared: Have Extra Diabetes Supplies On-hand

Put yourself in the following situation: it’s your birthday, and your friends took you to your favorite restaurant to enjoy a nice meal in good company. You placed your order, and excuse yourself from the table so you can run … Read more

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