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November 27, 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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What the… Fructose?

In high school biology, we learned that another term for carbohydrates is "polysaccharides". These break down into "discaccharides", and further into "monosaccharides". These small-molecule carbohydrates are more commonly known as "sugars". Similarly, we learn (READ MORE)

Orphan Strips

In typesetting and needlework, "widows" and "orphans" are singles of items that are usually found grouped. A "widow" is the last line of a paragraph, set by itself at the top of the page; an "orphan" is the first line of a paragraph, set by itself at the botto (READ MORE)

November Footnote

For the first time in years, American Diabetes Month is passing me by.

Part of the issue is that so much else is going on in life: work has been busier than usual the past few weeks, and we haven't even reached "peak season" (which starts the day after Thanksgiving). Much of (READ MORE)

Diabetes Tricks and Hallowe'en Treats

Between food allergies, dietary restrictions, "get up and move", and so on, there are many areas in which it has become ill-advised — if not streng verboten — to offer food treats for Hallowe'en.

This is good news for places like the hobby and crafts sto (READ MORE)

Glucometer (Not So?) Silly Bells and Whistles

As of now, my primary glucometer is still missing (thank goodness I have a spare). Were this my cell phone, we would have been able to call it to see where it was ringing (though by now, its battery would have probably died). Which got me thinking about the idea of adding "quick find" and (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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