Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

About

First of all, I suppose I should explain the reason for the title of my blog. When I first starting blogging, it was just to keep my family updated on my life as I had recently moved across the country from most of them.

The title of my first blog had the name of my city in it – not the best idea for online privacy!

When I decided to rename the blog, it took me quite a while to come up with a title that really fit all the aspects of my life.

You see, after a series of misdiagnoses lasting over a year, I was finally diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the spring of 2003 at the age of 22. I started wearing an insulin pump in January 2004 and a CGMS in September 2010.

November 18, 2007 - diabetes365 - day 41

Other than a maternal grandmother with Type 2 diabetes, I am the only known diabetic in my family.

the two diabetics

I am also a conservative Christian, and navigating what it means to be a person of faith and someone living with a chronic condition is a challenge I continue to explore.

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I love baking – but would prefer to eat out than cook.

cake pop insidegetting fancySeptember 22, 2008 - diabetes365 - day 350banana cakeIMG_2691

When I was growing up my dad worked for Kodak, and somewhere along the way I got bit by the photography bug. I hope that my pictures tell the story better than my words ever could.

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I also love movies, TV, and random celebrity trivia.

Me and Susan Lucci

I have two cats that are usually sometimes more trouble than they are worth.

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I love adventures, and especially enjoying traveling to a new place.

My Indiana Jones MomentAfter the Camel RideApril 28, 2008 - diabetes365 - day 203June 2, 2008 - diabetes365 - day 238IMG_2236hands of prayerAquapac 2me and Juliaback to the US

I have the cutest niece and nephews that I do not get to see nearly enough.

Christmas 2010

So after all that explanation, where does my blog title actually come from? In the movie Steel Magnolias one of the main characters tries to explain a decision that her mother doesn’t agree with and tells her that she “would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”

I am living my life to the fullest and doing my best to describe those Moments of Wonderful in stories about my life and my family, friends, faith, and all the other random events of life.

Stay tuned…

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Find out more about my diabetes advocacy.

Find out more about my trips to Haiti.

  • Stephanie Tanner says:

    I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for adding a banner for World Diabetes Day to your page. I had planned on emailing you, but you beat me to the punch.

    Tremendous thanks from IDF,
    Stephanie Tanner
    IDF – Communications Assistant

    September 17, 2007 at 6:34 am
  • Stephanie Tanner says:

    I hope the renovations are going well, and thanks again for the WDD banner. In case you are wondering what is going on with WDD, here is a little update.

    *A Monumental Challenge* – Global monuments to light up in blue
    ————————————————————————
    This year we are asking every city, town and village to acknowledge World diabetes Day and recognize diabetes as “a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with severe complications, which poses severe risks for families.”

    We need monuments of local and national importance – from the village hall to the tallest tower – to light up in the color blue of the UN flag (Pantone 279 or as near as possible).

    Among the monuments involved, we can count the Empire State Building in New York, the Citadel and Library in Alexandria, the Blue Mosque in Turkey and the London Eye. An up-to-date list of the buildings that have thus far agreed or declined to join the celebrations can be found on the World Diabetes Day website.

    We need your help in adding monuments to the list. Let us know the monuments you are pursuing and those that have declined.
    http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/bluemonuments

    Thanks for your support,
    Stephanie Tanner
    stephanie.tanner@idf.org

    September 19, 2007 at 9:12 am
  • elise says:

    I work at dLife and I was wondering if you would like to be added to our diabetes blogger email list? Every week we send a fun video clip about diabetes. If you are interested, please contact me at urbahn at dlife dot com. Thanks!

    October 25, 2007 at 12:39 pm
  • Nikki says:

    Hi Sara,

    I was just reading your post on the “Diabetes Mine” site and from what I have read on there and here on your site as well, I see that you would be the woman to ask about this. I see that you are a busy woman though, so I will understand if you cannot find time to reply. Anyways, I am type 1 diabetic as well. I was diagnosed when I was 12 years old and I am not 27. I have been on shots this entire time and now I am thinking about a pump. I have so many questions about it and I was just wondering if you would have some time to kinda fill me in on your thinking and experiances with a pump and what ever else you think would be helpful to me. I have been uncontrolled since I was diagnosed and I now have most of the complications from this disease. I also have seizures and so my main worry is about the lows. From what I have read, there are alot of people that experiance alot of lows with pumps and I was just wondering if you have had any problems in that area. I would greatly appreciate any information you would be willing to share with me, or if anyone else out there that happeneds to read this has any information to share, I am more than willing to listen to anything anyone has to say about this certain subject. Thank you so much for your time and all of your posts that I have read so far and look foward to reading in the future! Have a great day!

    Thanks again,

    Nikki Akers
    Ohio

    January 7, 2008 at 1:43 am
  • shellim2008 says:

    Hello Sara,

    Michelle (aka smoochdog) from DD here. Just thought I would come by and say hello! I am getting a new camera this summer and think I will join Diabetes 365 once I have it and can figure out how to use it! Good luck with your move!

    June 27, 2008 at 7:42 pm
  • Jacquie Lewis-Kemp says:

    When I first came upon your blog, I knew immediately that its title was from the movie Steel Magnolias. I was even more pleased to read that my guess was correct. I don’t think I know of any diabetic women who don’t love that quote, particularly women with diabetes who have given birth.

    I am Type 1 as well diagnosed at seven. Like Julia Roberts in the movie, I too have a son. Where my story differs is that my kidney disease and dialysis occurred nine years after his birth. By the grace of God, my younger (only) brother gave to me his left kidney so that I might live. And since I now take anti rejection meds, it made sense to also give me a pancreas transplant, correcting what caused my kidney failure in the first place.

    So after all of that, was the moment of wonderful worth it? Absolutely! Today, my husband and I are proud parents of a collegiate football player–with normal blood sugar. And me, with all this new found time on my hands from not managing glucose levels, taking insulin and treating hypoglycemic episodes, I write. Check out my book, Blessed Assurance; Success Despite the Odds and my website http://www.jlewiskemp.com.

    July 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm
  • Mike Hoskins says:

    Had no idea…. about so many things, including how many awesome photos you could display. Hey, love the new blog look! Nicely done, Sara!

    December 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm
  • Amanda says:

    I was diagnosed five months ago at the age of 22. Twinsies! Very glad I stumbled across your blog.

    June 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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