Christel Marchand Aprigliano Bio

Christel Marchand

Christel Marchand Aprigliano's type 1 diagnosis in April of 1983 hasn't stopped her from living life to its fullest, which at times, unfortunately, meant ignoring the disease. Throughout her teens and twenties, she grappled with body image and eating issues, as well as her control and acceptance of diabetes. It was the gradual realization that while she can't live forever, she can take care of the body that she has and still enjoy every day.

A vocal advocate, she helps others shed light on the importance of living well with diabetes and bringing awareness of the disease to the public through her blog, The Perfect D.

In her column, Been There, Done That, Christel shares her thoughts and ideas of living realistically with diabetes from one woman's perspective. Sometimes tongue-in cheek, often heartfelt, and always honest, she chooses to share her moments openly and fearlessly. Christel discusses how her perceptions of diabetes impact the world around her and offers insight on how to survive and celebrate who and what we are.

Diabetes Burnout
What can you do?

I Will Never Be Cured
Life with diabulimia

Five Things You Need To Know From The ADA 74th Scientific Sessions

Eeny Meeny Miney... Pump
My experience with diabetes and insulin pumps

And Then There Were Three...
Pregnancy, diabetes, and motherhood.

Postcards From Stupidsville
Its one thing to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?

Heaven And Hope And All Things Good
One womans heartbreaking fight for her future child.

Thirty Four
A low blood sugar moment serves as a wake-up call.

Rest Unassured
Making sense of the health insurance maze.

Wit's End
A decision to pump insulin paved the road back to good health.

Being Mindful
Using yoga to soothe both muscles and mind.

Thumbs Up
Knitting to relieve stress triggered another problem entirely.

A Still Spot in the Noise
Ways to manage stress when life starts to boil over.

National Diabetes Month
Shedding some light and making our voices heard.

Looking on the Bright Side
A little humor doesnt cure you, but it does keep the blues at bay.

Purple Haze
Diagnosing, accepting, and dealing with diabetic retinopathy.

Dealing with diabetes may mean facing fears head on.

The Manual No One Gives Us
The facts about those delicate womens issues.

Just Like Everyone Else
Accepting that diabetes isnt a test you can pass or fail.

One Lump or Two?
Unexpected diabetes complication masquerades as cancer scare.

Through Thick and Thin
Balancing societal pressure with good diabetes management.

Realization of diabetes came one day at a time.


dLife's Daily Living columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team to find out what will work best for you.

Last Modified Date: May 28, 2015

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by Brenda Bell
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...
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