Today is my diaversary. It was fourteen years ago that I was finally accurately diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and given my first dose of life-saving insulin. A few months ago, and only a few years late, I received my 10 year Lilly Diabetes Journey Award medal (application here). At work, and along with people affected with type 1 diabetes around the world, we have been mourning the death of tireless diabetes advocate, Mary Tyler Moore. Similar to me, she was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult. One of the most inspirational parts of her story for … Continue Reading →

ride to cure diabetes

Just like riding a bike

I know I’ve shared the story before but when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during my last year of college, my friends were the ones responsible for getting me to the hospital and saving my life. The rest of the story is that they also jumped in to try to help me manage all aspect of my new life. We planned meals together. They offered to give me my insulin injections. But the first thing we tried to do together was get a little exercise. It was within a few days after I got out of the hospital … Continue Reading →

Bedrooms and roses

The morning after I returned from my first trip to Haiti in 2010, I turned the TV on for background noise as I unpacked my suitcase. As a group, we had spent several hours the night before processing the trip, and the next morning I just wanted some static for distraction. I can still remember the line from an episode of House Hunters that made me turn off the TV and throw my remote across the room in anger. As in most episodes, a married couple was searching for a house for their expanding family. While they toured the second … Continue Reading →

Diabetes Misdiagnosed

For quite a while I wondered if the pieces of my diabetes diagnosis story that I remembered were actually accurate. My brain was clouded with sugar at the time so I wasn’t sure how much of my memory was to be trusted. Around my tenth diaversary, I contacted the hospital where I had been admitted to obtain my medical records. I filed them away and only started thinking about them again recently after visiting the newly diagnosed son of one of Wendy’s friends. My records from that hospital are a struggle for me to read. I think back to how … Continue Reading →

Here’s what you missed on…

I watch a lot of TV so when I was trying to figure out what to title this post, all I could think of was the clips they show you before a new episode begins. It’s been about a month since my last “real” post so I feel like to catch up I have to stick with the clip version or this would turn into a miniseries. The drive across the country was largely uneventful diabetes-wise. That in itself may have been remarkable considering the amount of fast food and gas station snack food consumed. Sometimes I think packaged food … Continue Reading →

Ten years and a new life

Ten years ago tonight I almost died. I had gone to urgent care the day before and the PA told me to make an appointment with an endocrinologist as soon as possible to be put on insulin. The earliest appointment was four days later. When I was admitted to the hospital that night through the emergency room, the doctor told me I probably would not have made it to that appointment. Ten years ago I started a new life, a life with diabetes. I guess it is only fitting that today I started a new life too. I spent most … Continue Reading →

News and big news

First, the giveaway news – Congrats Bigfoot Katy! Click on the envelope to the right to send me your mailing address. Second, speaking of mailing address – I guess I’m about to have a new one. I’m still getting used to talking (and writing) about it but after seven and a half years at my current job, I gave my two weeks’ notice on Friday. I’M MOVING!!! If it’s quiet around here for the next few weeks it’s probably because I am trying to leave things organized at work, packing boxes, cleaning my apartment, or driving 2520 miles across the … Continue Reading →