Second Chances

Ilene Ilene Raymond Rush's diabetes journey started with a diagnosis of gestational diabetes 26 years ago, while pregnant with her first son. For seven years, she was able to avoid a diagnosis of type 2 with daily six-mile runs, but with a second pregnancy the gestational diabetes returned. In 1987, Ilene was diagnosed with full-blown type 2, and started on a regimen of drugs, diet, and exercise.

Over this time, as a freelance writer for magazines and the Web, she's had access to scientists and the latest research on diabetes – a perk that has proved both inspirational and frustrating: it's one thing to know what to do, but it's another thing to do it.

For her, every day is a second chance towards better care. She doesn't always succeed, but she's given up on achieving perfection. "If I give myself a second chance -- forgiving myself for that extra serving of cake or glass of wine, not stressing over a missed exercise class now and then – I've found I can better deal with everything from A1C's to deadlines at work."

You can also read Ilene's blog, Diabetes My Way, here.

Diabetes Fatigue
Looking at ways to combat diabetes burnout

Waking up to Diabetes
Acceptance at last?

A Big Birthday
Learning from diabetes

Taking Responsibility
The burden of having a child with a chronic disease

Solving Stress
Could art be the answer?

Denying Denial
Facing up to type 2

A Progress Report
Revealing the results of my diabetes drug experiment

Notes from an Experiment
Testing life without incretins

Choosing Health
Why diabetes can be revealing

A Tough Summer
Steps To Stop Stress.

Weighing Diabetes Drugs
Risks and benefits.

Sleep Loss and Weight Gain
Catch any good ZZZs lately?

Driving with Diabetes
Dipping sugars and driving don't mix

The Diabetes Shame Connection 
Sharing can make a difference 

Taking Control
Dealing with a well-meaning, overly concerned friend

There's an App for That!
Losing weight using an iPhone

Fat Prejudice and Obesity
Is obesity stigma preventing you from getting the care you need?

The Hunger Games
Talking About Disordered Eating

A Diabetes Dust-Up?
Paula Deen comes clean about her type 2 diagnosis

My Partner in Lows
Having a supportive husband can help in the battle against diabetes

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
A lesson for people with diabetes?

Diabetes: Back to School Edition
What's on your list?

The Case of the Low Blood Sugar
Sugar sleuthing, continued

Spring Tune Your Exercise Plan
Find your fitness path through trial and error

The Heart of the Matter
Sharing in a husband's care

The Gift of Good Health
Tried and true suggestions for a happier and healthier new year

Beating Boredom with Type 2 Diabetes
Diet, exercise, and blood sugar strategies you can live by

C'est Carb, C'est Moi
An empty nest comes with food changes

A Diabetes Break
Lean on yourself for better blood sugar readings

Doggy Days
Dieting with my dog--and my type 2 diabetes

Yet Another Wake Up Call
Having diabetes requires constant vigilance

The Diabetes Detective
DIY Diabetes Self-Care

An Appreciation of Type 2
What's so great about chronic health conditions?

The Psychology of Type 2
Handling the psychology of diabetes can be so revealing.

Judging the Nominee
The spotlight is on Sotomayor, diabetes, and the impact of chronic illness in the public eye.

Testing Byetta
Self-knowledge, lost pounds, and the side effects of Byetta

25 Things About Having Diabetes
Random thoughts about type 2 diabetes and chronic disease

Me and My Carbs
Adventures with the status quo and the nutritionist

Good Enough Care
It's not all about achieving perfect diabetes care, but instead about having a life

Busy-Bodies for Health
Putting in your two cents about diabetes and juice

Something to Cheer About
Why support biomedical research?

Your Cheatin' Heart
Learning to break the rules of diabetes

A Watery Tale
Dealing with the double duty of diabetes and dehydration

You Are Not Alone
Avoiding social isolation as we age

Problem Solving Made Easy
Diabetes doesn't take vacations, but you still can

How Good is Your Care?
Your medical care deserves to be taken seriously

An Exercise Prescription
Staying active and exercising as we age

Choosing Wisely
Dealing with managing both diabetes and depression

The No Resolution Zone
Opting out on the New Year resolution merry-go-round

The Eyes Have It
Learning from the past and preparing for a future of good health

Searching for an Endo
One woman's quest to manage her father-in-law's diabetes, and her own

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: April 06, 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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