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October 9, 2015
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How Do I Hate Thee?

Let me count the ways. Actually I can’t count the ways; there are too many. But let me begin with nasty carbohydrates and how they torture me. I’m considering making “How Do I Hate Thee?” a series of blog posts, exploring the many different things I despise about diabetes. There is so much to hate about diabetes, but this one I place high on my list. Last Wednesday, a friend offered me and... (READ MORE)

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Sweeteners, Mouse Cures, and The Great Stone Face

In junior high school, I'd gotten my hands on one of my father's old English books and read a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Great Stone Face". The story is based on the natural mountain/rock formation in New Hampshire of the same name (you can see an image of it on New Hampshire state quarters). In the story, there was a legend that the person whose face looked like The Great Stone Face would be "the... (READ MORE)

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Rock it Softly; My Anti-Adrenal Song Mix

The hockey season has gotten off to a rough start. Insulin is apparently no match for adrenalin. The two just don’t work well together. Charlie battled through the first game, feeling terrible when he suddenly spiked uncontrollably just before the game started. [Proud dad alert] He still managed to outskate many of his non-pancreatically challenged teammates and scored two of the three goals. While parents were celebrating his second goal which tied the game... (READ MORE)

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Pumped-Up Kicks

We are in the process of getting a new pump for Charlie after many years with Medtronic. We are making the switch to t:slim for no other reason than it sounding like a 1990s rapper. The whole process is a little bizarre because you momentarily forget that all of these gadgets and infusion set options are for something that sucks very, very much. I suppose you can make the argument that these items serve the purpose of making diabetes suck a little less, but still... (READ MORE)

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Is There a Market for Reduced-Sugar Foods?

When I first became aware of (type 2) diabetes, many of the people I knew well who had had the condition had been told to avoid sugar like the Plague. "Dietetic" candies made with sugar substitutes, saccharin tablets (or a number of liquid sweeteners) instead of sugar in one's coffee or tea, and special "diabetic" meals without coatings or sauces (or even seasonings) were the norm. All in all, a pretty limited diet of (to most people) weird-tasting pseudofoods. ... (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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