The Microbiome and Type 1 Diabetes

The Microbiome and Type 1 Diabetes

I have one word for you: microbiome.  There has been a lot written about it lately, including a good article in the October 22, 2012, New Yorker by Michael Specter in which he lays it out better than I could:  “As we pass through … 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

Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA), JADA, and the Cookie Trap

Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA), JADA, and the Cookie Trap

I lurked during the recent conversations surrounding the petition to change the name of type 1 diabetes, but I refrained from commenting for several reasons:  1. Lee Ann Thill said most of what I was thinking, and she said it well. … Read more

The Highs and Lows of the Mountain to Valley Relay Race (M2V)

M2V 1

I was a total mess when I got home from the Mountain to Valley 215 kilometer,  (133.5 miles) off road, relay race (M2V) on Friday morning.  After 28 hours of driving, running eating on the go and sleeping very little, … Read more

Are Kids with Type 1 Diabetes “Special Needs” Children?

Are Kids with Type 1 Diabetes “Special Needs” Children?

A few days ago, I found myself telling a colleague that I couldn’t attend a conference, as I try not to travel much any more. “I have two young children,” I explained in an email, “and of them is a … Read more

College Diabetes Network at UMass Amherst, President

College Diabetes Network at UMass Amherst, President

Last week, I conducted the penultimate meeting of the semester of the UMass Amherst College Diabetes Network chapter (CDN). The meetings for the past couple years have been pretty small, and this week, it was no exception. Four people showed … 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

Perfect 100 – A Reality or a Fantasy?

Perfect 100 BG

This morning, I woke up to a pleasant surprise: my blood sugar was 100, my target reading. Immediately, I couldn’t help but think about how when I was little, I would draw pictures of fireworks and smiley faces in the … Read more

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