The Weakness in Me

Diabetes - The Weakness in Me

It’s called hypoglycemic awareness, the body’s ability to produce and recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar. The longer you have Type 1 diabetes, the fewer symptoms and the less awareness you have. After almost 20 years on insulin, my … Read more

Old TB Drug Might Reverse Type 1 Diabetes?

Old TB Drug Might Reverse Type 1 Diabetes?

Tell me that an old tuberculosis drug might be able to reverse Type 1 diabetes, and I’ll have the following reaction: a moment of excitement, followed by the inevitable, “Yeah, we’ll see when that actually happens.” But it’s Monday morning, … Read more

Not One Nanogram/A Dream Deferred

Not One Nanogram/A Dream Deferred

Insulin, the protein, begins as a single chain of amino acids called proinsulin. Proinsulin is transcribed, translated, cleaved, and folded in the beta cells before being released into the body when needed. When proinsulin is cleaved, it is cut into … Read more

Tattoo, You?

Tattoo, You?

As I was formulating a post about my tattoo, and how diabetes figured into my decision to get one several years ago, it occurred to me that the diabetes/tattoo story is bigger than my personal experience. There are other people … Read more

Taking It Personally: The JDRF Promise Ball

Taking It Personally: The JDRF Promise Ball

One of the largest fundraisers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation each year is the Promise Ball, an auction and gala held in cities across the nation and organized by the local chapters. This year, San Diego’s Ball was held … Read more

Will My Children Be Afraid of My Insulin Pump?

Will My Children Be Afraid of My Insulin Pump?

My grandmother was very allergic to bee stings and I grew up hearing stories about how she had been stung in all kinds of places, including her mouth, and had to go to the hospital.  The other day, I was … Read more

Rich Like Me: Motherhood and Diabetes

Rich Like Me: Motherhood and Diabetes

When I was the mother of very young children, I thought constantly about their health, safety, and survival. The responsibility of keeping alive a baby or toddler is almost overwhelming — just barely doable — as any parent (mother or … Read more

Insulin Pump or Pager?

Insulin Pump or Pager?

So I’m walking down the street from the bus stop, and I stop at an intersection to wait for the light to change. It’s a pretty large road, and in the right-hand lane a car pulls up. An SUV of … Read more

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