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November 23, 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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Happy World Diabetes Day

November 14, the birthday of Dr. Banting (one of the co-discoverers of insulin) is celebrated around the world as World Diabetes Day.

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Low, the Winds Blustery

Low, the winds blustery, blustery, blow
Please check your glucometer before you go...

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Evernote and the Emergency Room

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Hear the Pumpkins Teal

Wednesday, a couple came into the store looking for teal paint to paint a (live) pumpkin.

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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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