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October 2, 2014
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Body Dysmorphia


I am body dysmorphic. Since my teens, I have had what has been diagnosed as a distorted view of my weight, shape, and size. It is challenging, and it really does make living with diabetes even more difficult. For three days, in spite of no changes in a regimented eating and exercise routine, I have felt gigantic. I can barely look in the mirror because I don't like what I see. I feel as if I have tons of fat beneath my skin, just pulsing against the pores. I feel like... (READ MORE)

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When to Say "No"


About two weeks ago, our international STAR TREK organization received an inquiry from one of its chapter leaders about the availability of a "mental health counselor". From his initial complaint, it sounds as if a number of our organization-level leaders don't have the necessary "people skills" to address members who may, or may not, have come "out of the closet" about ongoing mental health issues, that some of those members would benefit from... (READ MORE)

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Dreaming Myself Awake


I knew I had to be up early to teach and get a run in. I knew it. My body knew it, my brain knew it. I had turned in a bit earlier on Saturday night to be up and at em. In the dream, I was at an airport, with some colleagues and a friend. All of the computers kept going down. Something in me was saying "well, if the computers are down, no planes are going out" while something else screamed, "we've got to get our tickets and get on this plane - we can't miss it!" Airport... (READ MORE)

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Making Progress


The weather has finally cooled to the high 80s here in Texas and you can feel Fall just on the tip of your tongue. With the changing season, I am feeling more revived. The summer seemed hard and stressful at times. Some more changes happened in August and I have finally (and seriously) settled into some new roles. At work, at home, in life. A major role being diabetes management. After a scare with my kidneys where some home tests showed protein in my urine, I took my moment to... (READ MORE)

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Whoa!


“Whoa!” I said when I first saw Charlie’s blood sugar on my phone. I refreshed the NightScout screen at every red light on my way to work, wanting to see it magically change. I looked around, smiling, wanting to share the good news with fellow commuters and the utility workers sipping coffee in a van to my right. “Whoa!” the school nurse said when Susanne told her that Charlie was now equipped with this new technology. “Whoa!” a co-worker... (READ MORE)

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
Michelle Kowalski
Michelle Kowalski Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes.   (Read More)
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