Search
Blogabetes

 

dLife Daily Tips

Practice makes near perfect at bedtime

Read More
August 1, 2014
Category:
Children Complications Emotions Fitness
Food Highs & Lows In the News Insulin & Pumps
Men's Issues Real Life Relationships Type 1
Type 2 Women's Issues Oral Meds Technology

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.


Sort by: Most Recent | Most Viewed

Wil Wheaton, How Did I Miss THIS?


While I haven't caught everything he's been in, I've been a fan of Wil Wheaton since his Star Trek: The Next Generation days. While many of my fannish peers wanted to "Kill Wesley Crusher", the character was a bit like I would have liked to have been at that age. Wil's la (READ MORE)



The Dollar$ Side of Depression


I don't often write about mental health issues. Mostly that's because I was brought up to believe in "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" and "therapy usually does more harm than good". That story is not up for discussion; it's at least as strongly ingrained in me as Creationism (READ MORE)



The Chicken Peep or the Chocolate Egg


This has nothing to do with Peeps or chocolate, but it is about "the chicken or the egg", and it is about diabetes, and fitness, and food logging, amongst other things.


LinkedIn's Digital Health Group is running a (READ MORE)




When Type 2 Shouldn't Matter


Yesterday, the 90-year-old Mother-Out-Law was scheduled for a mammogram. FOR REALZ.


The 56-year-old caregiver didn't see the irony:  "Ninety-year-olds can get breast cancer, too." Yes, but can most 90-year-olds survive radiation and chemo? Particularly 90-year-olds with severe joint (READ MORE)




Complicating Factors


Last week, Lindsey railed about that portion of the diabetes community that seems to seek pity for complications that seem to arise from the deliberate neglect of that insulin-sucking monkey on our shoulders. While I agree (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)
Our Other Bloggers: Nicole Purcell , Lindsey Guerin , Chris Stocker , Carey Potash , Brenda Bell
  • Add to Google Reader or Homepage