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October 30, 2014
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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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Much Ado About the Mouse


PWD have had a long, interesting, and conflicted relationship with mice.


The annual Friends for Life conference is held at Disney World (one of Mickey Mouse's Houses). Now, the last time I was at a Disney resort it was over a quarter-century ago, in California, but I seem to recall a d (READ MORE)




Keep Calm, and If the Sensor Fits...


Along with retro eyeglasses and photo booth mustaches, the past two seasons have been rife with riffs on old advice phrases.


Starting with "Keep Calm and Carry On", attributed to Queen Victoria (along with, "Think of England"), we've had "Keep Calm and Craft O (READ MORE)




Some Musings on Big Health Data and Health Information Security


Last week, I took a day off to attend a technical computer show in New York City. The exhibit-floor vendors included a number of companies focused on the sort of security that is needed to keep large computers virus-free, and corporate information secure.


Information security is a big (READ MORE)




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 (READ MORE)



d'Orchestra


Allison's recent blog about "The Cool Kids" who seem to be the group of people who are always invited to conferences and meetups all over the country reminded me that each one of us has a distinct voice, v (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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