8 Things Every Parent of a Child with Diabetes Needs to Hear

8 Things Every D-Parent Needs to Hear
This one is for the outside world, the people watching us try to master this parenting a child with diabetes life, because I’ve noticed that you’re avoiding me sometimes. And other times you say things with the best of intentions that just… set me off.So here it is, my guide to help you. Instead of saying what not to say to the parent of a child with diabetes, I offer you what yes to say. I hope it helps... Read more

Surviving, But Barely: A Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis in Nepal

The number staring back at me on the display was in the low 400s. I had no idea what that meant, but I sensed it was bad. The doctor held his breath for a moment before speaking. "I'm sorry to tell you my friend," said the doctor, "but you are a diabetic." That's it. In that brief sentence, one part of my life was over, and another part had begun. Read more

The Diabetes UnConference: Be There

The Diabetes UnConference focuses on the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes and will allow all of the participants an opportunity to share and learn from each other.The “unconference” concept came from the tech community, who found that an open participation forum was a wonderful way to learn from others and get answers to questions that wouldn’t have been brought up during a keynote speech or an “expert” talk. Read more

Invokana Helps My Type 1 Diabetes

Invokana for Type 1 diabetes
I emailed my endo ahead of time to give her a heads up that I wanted to discuss going on Invokana. Unfortunately, she wasn't familiar with use of Invokana in Type 1 diabetes, or how insulin should be adjusted when on it. I sent her all of the research articles I could find related to Type 2 therapies being explored for Type 1. Luckily for me, and much to her credit, she was willing to prescribe it to me... Read more

Insulin Pump Comparison: Which Pump is Right for You?

Insulin Pump Comparison
With the announcement of Animas Vibe’s FDA approval in the United States and last week’s first shipments of Asante’s new MySnap reaching customers, it’s the perfect time for an insulin pump comparison. Which pump should you be using in 2015? Read more

Survey Shows Hispanics Lack Important Information About Diabetes

Survey Shows Hispanics Lack Important Information About Diabetes
A new survey reveals that many Hispanics are aware that diabetes is dangerous, but compared to non-Hispanics, they are poorly informed about how to best treat the disease. The survey may reveal ways to enact more effective communication tools to better inform Hispanics about improving their diabetes care. Read more

5 Qualities This Diabetic Looks for in a Partner

My dating history can be summed up as: bleh. One of my ex-boyfriends took me to the hospital in the middle of the night when I had a stomach bug and high ketones, only to repeat - daily until we broke up - how annoying it was that he had to take me. Another guy I was seeing for a few months told me he didn’t care at all to learn about my diabetes. Read more

When Type 1 Diabetes is Too Much for a Child to Bear

When diabetes is too hard for a kid to handle - home
The psychologist continued to report what Finn had told her as he leaned against me with his face buried against my shoulder. She had asked him, Are you thinking of hurting yourself? (He said yes.) How? (He reported that he wanted to bash his head in with a baseball bat.) How likely are you to do it, on a scale from zero/not really going to, to ten/absolutely certain? (He’d rated the likelihood a seven.) I was floored. But I... Read more

5 Reasons I’m Thankful for Type 1 Diabetes

5 Reasons I'm Thankful for Type 1 Diabetes
I’ve spent a lot of time wondering if I would be the same me without diabetes. It’s not that diabetes defines me, but I do believe that it has helped shape me into a person I am proud to be. And is there anything wrong with admitting that life with the bêtes brings us some good as well? So, here it is, my list of things I’m thankful for, that have come from living with type 1 diabetes. Read more
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