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March 29, 2015
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Brenda Bell

Known to some online as her half-Vulcan counterpart "T`Mana", Brenda was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes in July 2002 – and sent away from the doctor's office with nothing more than two conflicting diet sheets, a warning that she'd never be able to chart a way between the two of them, and a couple of prescriptions – both of which had intolerable side effects.


Given this challenge, a degree in engineering, and years of professional online searching and indexing experience, Brenda put her training to work to find a way between the low-sodium and diabetic diet sheets and away from the unknown long-term side effects of maintenance drugs. Her diabetes was diet-controlled from January 2004 through July 2012; she is now back on metformin and still trying to keep her A1c under 6.0


Brenda's first experience with an online diabetes community was a mailing list for members of STARFLEET: The International STAR TREK Fan Association, an organization with which she has been active since 1985. In addition to TREK fandom, Brenda enjoys historical costuming (mostly 16th-Century Elizabethan) and hanging out at Renaissance Faires and Highland Games.


Brenda's real-life diabetes circle includes her boyfriend, several members of his family (all Type 2), other members of Team Red - Skylands, and a number of local members of the Diabetes Online Community. Her diabetes role models (both deceased) are her childhood orthopedist and her stepmother's father.


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In Which I Become a Shill for a Food Product


There are two kinds of foods that are exhibited at diabetes-audience events: engineered foods and naturally gluten-free foods. The former come in two varieties: those which are designed to be lower-carbohydrate or lower-glycemic load, lower in fats, and occasionally lower in typical food allergens t (READ MORE)



Nutritional Choices


Whether your choice is paleo, Mediterranean, low-carb, or "I can eat whatever I want as long as {I bolus for it, my A1c stays in range, my postprandial is in range, etc.}, diabetes forces us to examine our food choices more carefully than our euglycemic family, friends, and colleagues.


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Expos, Faces, and Changes


Like many of us who live near major cities, I've been to a few ADA Diabetes Expos — my first in November, 2003, just over a year after diagnosis. The Expo took up a large part of New York City's (READ MORE)



Diabetes Survivor: Men Versus Women


Today's WEGO Health activist chat centered around women's health and the issues that affect women's access to healthcare and how we use what healthcare we have.


Education, access to education, access to technology, finances, cultural norms, and local laws all have input into our access (READ MORE)




Bicycling, Weather or Not...


There are very few conditions under which I will not ride my (road) bike. More than an inch of new snow, snow pack, and slush are the three major ones. That said, if the distance is short and familiar, and traffic is expected to be light, I'll take my chances.


I was considera (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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