Christel Marchand Aprigliano Bio
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.
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.
A low blood sugar moment serves as a wake-up call.
Making sense of the health insurance maze.
A decision to pump insulin paved the road back to good health.
Using yoga to soothe both muscles and mind.
Knitting to relieve stress triggered another problem entirely.
Looking on the Bright Side
A little humor doesnt cure you, but it does keep the blues at bay.
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.
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Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly...