The Challenges of Parenting a Child With Type 1 Diabetes, No One Understands

The Challenges of Parenting a Child With Type 1 Diabetes, No One Understands

One of the challenges of parenting a very young child with type 1 diabetes is the interactions with immediate family and other parents. Our five year old son Sacha has had T1D now for three and a half years, and … Read more

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes at the Same Time?

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes at the Same Time?

One thing I hear occasionally among type 1 diabetics is, “Well, at least I can’t get type 2 diabetes!” This reasoning makes sense if you think only about the two diabetes as two points along a single spectrum, with type … Read more

The Last Lemonade Stand

The Last Lemonade Stand

It all started when Bisi drank all our profits at a Sunday afternoon lemonade stand on Block Island.   Well, it had really started a while before that (weeks, months, or even years—we’re not sure), but the lemonade stand is … Read more

Parental Hypophobia

Parental Hypophobia

Ever since my son had his first and only night time seizure, I’ve been afraid to let him sleep alone. Until a recent trip to Morocco, however, I didn’t know that my problem had a name: “Hypophobia.” While talking with … Read more

Pills, pills, pills: Can a diabetic take too many vitamins?

Pills, pills, pills: Can a diabetic take too many vitamins?

Growing up with type 1 diabetes, one of the sticking points (pun intended!) was always that it couldn’t be managed with oral medication. Nope– “Shots, shots, shots!”  it was, and not in a fun, drinky way. And then in 2005, … Read more

Swimming with the Manatees, and Diabetes

manatee, aka the sea cow

My two daughters, who are 16 and 12 years old, had the same teacher when they were each in kindergarten. A feature of the teacher’s curriculum was an in-depth study of manatees from every educational angle: social studies, arts and … Read more

Glucose Meter Knows Me (and My Blood Sugar) Better

Glucose Meter Knows Me (and My Blood Sugar) Better

Last night my blood sugar at bedtime was 64, so I ate a bowl of cereal and milk. It’s a decent bedtime snack for me, and it typically results in a morning blood sugar in the low 100s, which is … Read more

If a Diabetic Runs a Half-Marathon in the Woods…

Somewhere around kilometer 18, I think.

Hey, so, guys? I ran a half-marathon. Really! I didn’t really plan on it– on Wednesday, my roommate here in Kuopio, Finland, mentioned that there was a marathon that Saturday, which was coincidentally my last weekend here in Finland. I … Read more

An Open Letter to Tim Gunn: I am a real woman!

An Open Letter to Tim Gunn: I am a real woman!

First things first: I am a big Project Runway fan, and you play no small role in that. You appear to be one of those rare people who is infinitely likable. Everyone should have a little Tim Gunn sitting on … Read more

Diabetes and Insurance Predictions

Diabetes and Insurance Predictions

Anyone else catch the story yesterday about how children with Type 1 diabetes are living longer than previous generations of kids with the disease? According to a study published on July 30 in Diabetes (and summarized here),  there’s been about a 15-year … Read more

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