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April 26, 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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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)



Buried in snow and Diabetics in the wild


The snow.... The snow.... All. Of. This. Snow.

And the cold too.

This winter has been a bear. Not a hibernating one either, a rip roaring angry claw throwing teeth gnashing grizzly of a beast. No fun. I've kept on talk of work outs, and I've been shove (READ MORE)




Pump Time


I wore the Dexcom CGM for one week, following an appointment with my doctor that saw my a1c lower than last time, but still not where I'd like it to be. One year ago, I saw my WORST a1c in decades and was appalled with the double digit number. I worked hard to bring it down and the shifts got me t (READ MORE)



Dear Abby... I NEED to get Stabby


Recently, over at Dear Abby, the following letter and response were printed:

Dear Abby: I like my job a lot, but I have recently been assigned a different desk. I now sit next to someone who regularly draws his blood with a lancet and gives himself a shot for his diabetes just (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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