Turn the Page

Travis_BioTravis Grubbs, a professional home inspector and a city Building and Zoning Inspector, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in May of 2006. Travis shares his thoughts and experiences in his column Turn the Page, as a middle-aged male that had to change his life in order to address his diabetes.

Experiencing Lows
The benefits of keeping others informed about your diabetes

Crevices, Stitches, and Tissue
The toils of caring for an open wound

A Workplace Intervention
The value of helping others with their diabetes management

Delectable Trickery
A call for healthier preparation of our food choices

Fast Food Media Frenzy
Contemplating the consequences of harassing the fast food community

Hindsight is Always 20/20
Making choices to take control of my diabetic life

Enjoying the Ride
Making the most of my type 2 diabetes

Keeping Myself Accountable
Watching my diabetes life like a hawk — or a buzzard

Celebrities in the Type 2 Nation
Tom Hanks diagnosed with type 2 — what does this mean for the rest of us?

Self-Induced Diabetes?
Fighting the stigma surrounding type 2 diabetes

When Life Gives You Lemons
Move forward and trample them to a pulp.

Representing the Type 2 Nation
Finding meaning and making an effort that makes a difference.

Close Encounters
The importance of warning signs when it comes to diabetes and other situations.

Insurance Claim Frustration
Struggling to appeal a denied insurance claim for mental health coverage.

It's Your Diabetes Sex Life
Sexual health as motivation for blood sugar control.

Fending Off Food Pushers
How to say no so you can stay on track with your weight management.

Preparing for the Big 5-0
Another year older and wiser — what is there to dread?

Stress and Depression
When these conditions became constant companions, it was time to seek help.

Low Rider
What happened when a low blood sugar interfered with a bike ride.

My Most Significant Diabetes Moment
Taking a look back at the year 2011.

My New Type 2 Friend
Everyone should have a friend who understands what you're going through.

Stressed and Frustrated
Struggling to deal with diabetes in a poor economy.

Advocate for Real Choices!
Acknowledging milestones while continuing the fight against type 2 diabetes.

Honoring a Mother's Role
Celebrate your mothers, moms, and mamas this Mother's Day.

Hospital Stories
Motivation to keep up with your diabetes health.

My Year in Review
Making your diabetes story a great one.

The Business of Diabetes
A matter of paying for adequate healthcare.

A Dog Person (Not a People Person)
When it comes to diabetes, dogs are definitely this man's best friend.

Riding My Bike
And reaping the benefits.

I Wish My Doctor Had Diabetes
Looking for professionalism and empathy in the doctor's office.

The Healthy Type 2 Diabetic
Not just a myth?

Ambushed By the New Year
When January 1st sneaks up on you.

More Harm Than Good?
Does the latest JDRF Frosty fundraiser really help anyone?

Inked For Diabetes
Our fearless advocate Travis gets a permanent medical alert – in the form of a diabetes tattoo.

There's a Fungus Among Us
Diabetes ailments aren't just limited to blood sugar highs and lows.

Stem Cell Beliefs
We may share the same disease, but we don't all share the same position on stem cell research.

The Type 2 Safety Net
Diabetes support has a huge impact on our overall health.

Refusing To Accept "Not Bad"
Even with diabetes, good food can be a delicious part of life!

The Finger
The unruly side of blood sugar testing.

Score Card
On the hunt for game and good blood sugar numbers.

Metformin Happens
Dealing with the metformin side effects.

Concrete Goals
What are the real benchmarks of good control?

To Criticize Or Not To Criticize
Words can lift you up as well as tear you down – take heed!

Diabetes Nation
The time to get serious about this threat is now!

Reactions to Diabetes
When to tell, what to say, and how to handle people's reactions.

Addressing My Issues
Dealing with life's issues, one decade at a time.

A Cure for Diabetes
Evaluating these advertised "cures" with a critical eye.

A New Low
The surprise ‘sneak attack' of a low blood sugar.

A Type 2 Bias?
Commiting to educating the public, regardless of "type."

Our Overweight Society
Control the size of your meals and control the size of yourself.

When Travis Met Type 2 Diabetes
There are no guarantees, but there is always hope.


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 15, 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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