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May 25, 2015
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Nicole Purcell

Nicole Purcell lists having type 1 diabetes last when she's asked to provide information about herself - because that's where it belongs.

She is, first and foremost, a daughter, sister, aunt, partner, and friend and a professional fundraiser, writer, advocate, and dancer. Diabetes is both incidental and central in her life - an afterthought that makes its way front and center more often than she'd like it to.

A native New Englander, Nicole has worked as a fundraising executive for various non-profit organizations since 1997 and is a yoga instructor, boxer, and metal worker.

Nicole's has made another attempt at monkey training after her first miserable attempt. She is obsessed now with lesser known classical artists and the memoir of Leslie Caron.


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Orange Juice on the Nightstand


It's funny what the simplest gestures represent when it comes to lessening the burden of diabetes.

I've got a new someone in my life. Well, actually a someone who's been in and out of my existence for almost two decades, but with whom I've developed a new - and really, rather w (READ MORE)



For a Loop


It was a sneaky one. A sly beast of a low bloodsugar that gave me no symptoms until it gave me all of the symptoms in one big brick to my face. Sitting in bed reading and getting ready to sleep, I pulled my meter to give myself the security of knowing my sugar before rest.

And (READ MORE)



Weekend Diabetes Hijinks


This past weekend was a whole lot of diabetes weird. I've finally gotten into a good rhythm with my Lantus rate - settling in with a 70-30 nighttime-morning split of the total dose. My bolus dosing seems to be pretty much on the money too. I'm avoiding huge swings... Though lows are creeping up (READ MORE)



New Diagnoses


A friend called the other day, one from high school, that I hadn't heard from in a very long time. Over a decade. I would barely understand her at first, she was so full of sobbing and huffy breathing. Once she calmed she announced that her nine year old daughter had just been diagnosed with type (READ MORE)



The Brat


Thinking a lot about diabetes lately. And talking about it a lot. That happens in disclosing diabetes to someone new - and close - in life. It must be discussed. Symptoms, management, emergency protocol, blah blah blah. But it's nice when what it actually feels like is discussed too - and when (READ MORE)



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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