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February 8, 2016
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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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Danger in the Snow

We read about all of these people who die in the aftermath of big snowstorms. Winter Storm Jonas, which hit our area about ten days ago, left over a dozen people dead — some of whom went out in the height of the storm and got lost in whiteout, others who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning (READ MORE)

Price Pressure and Flavor Glucometers

Over the past few months, I've received a couple of mailings from Bayer Diabetes Care telling me about its upcoming ownership change. I get these because I own an original-generation (READ MORE)

Bits and Pieces

The old year ended with a wallop: the three months' grace we thought we had for settling The Out-Laws' affairs was denied by the bank; The Other Half has less than a month in which to vacate nearly forty years' of life from his parents' house. At this point it's most likely a case of donating the cl (READ MORE)

The Gingerbread PWD

"Run, run, just as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man."

The wreck of my gingerbread church ha (READ MORE)

Building the Perfect Gingerbread

When the current generation of middle-aged cousins started coming of age, the Big Thing each Christmas morning at the Out-Laws was "who's getting a church this year". The housemate of one of the aunts was known for her ceramic churches, the centerpiece of each of our families' Christmas vi (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)
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