Marjorie’s 15 Minutes

Jen wearing Marjorie t-shirt

A few months ago, Jess Apple asked if I’d be interested in creating a t-shirt design for a fundraiser that would support Diabetes Media Foundation and A Sweet Life. Of course I was on board. Immediately I thought of imagery … Read more

Purple with a Purpose

Alzheimer's Walk Family Photo

Blue is an important color to me because it represents the fight against diabetes. But others close to me probably know that purple is another color that is just as significant. Purple is the color of the Alzheimer’s Association. A … Read more

How To Talk To A Person With Diabetes

How To Talk To A Person With Diabetes

When I was growing up, my parents had a book on their bookshelf called How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, And How To Listen So Kids Will Talk. Oddly, I never actually picked up, so I can’t tell you whether my … Read more

Being Uptight is a Diabetic Complication

Obsessive compulsive disorder

I don’t have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I am merely a diabetic. After much soul searching, and even after consulting with a professional, I have arrived at the conclusion that my diabetes only makes me appear to have OCD. And given … Read more

Date Night: Diabetes and Drinking …Oh My!

I've got my game face on - Donky Kong„JPG

Sounds disastrous, doesn’t it? Diabetes is tough to manage. Throw in factors like drinking alcohol and spending a night out with your partner and you could have a bit of a meltdown in the process of maintaining a good blood … Read more

The Pump or Injections . . . or Both?

The Pump or Injections . . . or Both?

I’ve been on an insulin pump for about 13 years now, and I love the convenience of being able to dose insulin without additional injections, and to create multiple basal rates per day. However, I’ve long had problems with absorption: … Read more

One Touch Verio IQ: The Replacement’s Replacement…Replaced.

One Touch Verio IQ Front

I’ve called customer service over at One Touch not once, not twice, but THREE times this week. Why? It all started with a minor problem my Verio IQ was experiencing… I wasn’t troubled by it at first. You see, when … Read more

Let’s Stop Lying About Diabetes

Let’s Stop Lying About Diabetes

You can’t “control” diabetes. The very nature of blood sugar — whether you have diabetes or not — is to go up and down. In a non-diabetic body, the pancreas sends out just the right amount of insulin to keep … Read more

College and Diabetes: Hello, Senior Year!

My awesome textbooks for this semester.

And goodbye, normalcy! My return back to school was nothing short of crazy, which means my diabetes has been a bit wild as well. On Labor Day, my family and I packed up two cars (!) worth of my belongings … Read more

Injecting Insulin: Liberating, Painful, And Not For Me

Injecting Insulin: Liberating, Painful, And Not For Me

It’s been over a week since I ripped out my infusion set and decided it was time for a break from my insulin pump. It wasn’t a rational decision, but rather one based mainly on frustration – an inability to … Read more

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