Continuing Connections – #DBlogWeek ’15 – Day 7

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Find out what Diabetes Blog Week is all about. Check out the topics for each day’s posts, and even see a list of this year’s participants. Thank you, Karen!

The topic for today? Share a link to a new blog you’ve found or a new friend you’ve made.


I’ve really been enjoying Ryan and Amber over at Diabetes Daily Grind lately. They have a great mix of practical diabetes information and real-life diabetes that, combined with their personalities, creates really great content.

Along with regular blog posts, they have a fun podcast that I listen to as often as possible. (more…)

Diabetes Empowerment Foundation unveiled at SWD 2015

Last weekend the 5th annual Students With Diabetes™ conference took place in Tampa, FL.

Group shot from the 2015 Students with Diabetes Conference

It has become a must-attend event for young adults (age 18-30) with type 1 diabetes. Coming together from more than 103 cities across the nation, these powerful young adults learn, connect and empower one another to pursue success and achievement in life, despite the extra work diabetes puts on their plates. (more…)

Changes – #DBlogWeek ’15 – Day 4

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Find out what Diabetes Blog Week is all about. Check out the topics for each day’s posts, and even see a list of this year’s participants. Thank you, Karen!

The question I’m answering today? What would I most like to see change about diabetes, in any way? OR reflect back on some changes I’ve been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.


This is a great topic, and my mind goes in so many different directions. Changes with diabetes? Are you kidding? Yes, please!

I don’t have to explain that a lot has changed in the past thirty years with diabetes. We’re making great strides in many areas. We have a better understanding of how diabetes works. We have better ways to check blood sugars. We have more convenient ways to take medicine. It’s all really great, and I’m thankful for it. Really, I am. (more…)

Clean it Out – #DBlogWeek ’15 – Day 3

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Find out what Diabetes Blog Week is all about. Check out the topics for each day’s posts, and even see a list of this year’s participants. Thank you, Karen!

The question I’m answering today? What’s in my diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?


There are a few different directions I could take here, but I really like the angle around diabetes emotions.

My head is a mess. And I’m afraid to dig in and look at it.

What do I mean? I don’t think I’m sick in the head, but to some degree, I think we’re all a little crazy from living with diabetes. There are things I do, repeatedly, that just don’t make sense logically. Like my unbalanced diet. There are psychological issues at the root of my eating behaviors that I’m just afraid to deal with, even though I know I should.

I think of it like a big, chaotic garage or old basement that needs to be cleaned out. Lots of dark corners full of giant spiders, messy stuff, and things I don’t know what to do with.

messy workshop or basement

Not my basement… or my head. But it could be.

Dig in, investigate, shine a light

I worked with some terrific coaches over the years, and I wish everyone could have someone in their corner helping them (somewhat) objectively explore self-improvement.

I learned that it takes a long time.

I learned that there are no shortcuts.

I learned that it is really hard work.

I learned that it can be exhausting.

And I learned that even the darkest, scariest corners of my mental messy garage weren’t that bad once I really got in there and started sorting things out, squashing bugs, and cleaning up debris.

If I slowly attack one messy section of my mind at a time, with reasonable expectations (and asking for help when needed), who knows what my garage might eventually look like…

bright big clean empty garage

I can dream, right?


This is part of Diabetes Blog Week, where a standard set of prompts encourages a ton of really great blog posts from around the community. Here’s today’s prompt: “Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you, Rick, of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)”

Diabetes Dominator – Daniele Hargenrader

Dominating Diabetes with Daniele

Earlier this year I chatted with Diabetes Dominator Daniele Hargenrader. We talked for about thirty minutes and had a really great conversation on being diagnosed with diabetes, struggling, succeeding, and each of us finding the best way for ourselves.

But that’s not the interesting part…

But what I really love about meeting Daniele is her story of making a terrifying decision and jumping in with both feet.

What do I mean?

Daniele was not happy with herself and made a decision to change.

To get in shape and change her body, she decided to become a personal trainer.

What do you think of when you read the words “personal trainer?” You think of those super fit people at the gym pushing others to their limits, right? Me too.

Imagine an out of shape and overweight young lady (Daniele) enrolling in a program that put her in the company of a classful of those people. Actually, it didn’t just put her in the company of those people, it put her

Actually, it didn’t just put her in the company of those people, it put her right in the mix with them.

Sure, they had classroom coursework to do, but then it was out to the gym to do pushups and stuff together. That’s absolutely terrifying to me.

I admire Daniele so much for diving into this commitment and facing such intimidating circumstances.

Daniele on DSMA Live

We had a chance to chat with Daniele on DSMA Live in March, which is a great listen if you’d like to dig deeper into Daniele’s story.

Check out more DSMA Live episodes at DiabetesSocMed on BlogTalkRadio

Check out Daniele’s blog

Daniele has a lot of great stories and interviews available on her blog (diabetesdominator.com) and I’d love for you to go check it out. You’ll not only get to enjoy more of Daniele, but you’ll also get to meet some other really great people doing great work in the diabetes space.

Thanks for being awesome, Daniele!

PSA: Asante Snap Replacement Program

asante-snap-insulin-pump-brandMany of you know that I have been a big fan of the Asante Snap insulin pump and that I’ve also been doing some work with them. Yesterday at 5:30 PM PST, Asante Solutions announced that it is closing down and the Snap pump is no more.

In an email communications from Asante sent to all Snap users, it was suggested we contact Animas if we are interested in transitioning to a new pump, and that Animas is graciously stepping up to help with a limited time offer for existing Snap users to help with the transition.

I also received communication from the team at Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solutions and the Animas team letting me know that their goal is to help every Asante Snap pump user however they can and that they understand this is shocking news and a difficult transition.

This is a very new development, so the details of the replacement plan are still being worked out.

If you are an existing Snap pump user and want more information please call Animas Customer Care at 1-877-937-7867 x1562. Representatives are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST.

Personally – I’ve not yet decided what I’m going to do (I can hear my old Cozmo whispering to me from the drawer…), but I very much appreciate Animas for stepping up to help.

Keeping it to Myself – #DBlogWeek ’15 – Day 2

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The question I’m answering today? What aspects of diabetes do I choose to keep private from the internet?


My friend Bennet says that your diabetes may vary, and I agree 100%. With that in mind, I work very hard to keep clear of personal dosing, ratios, factors, rates, calculations, or any other sort of things that sometimes work for me, but might be dangerous for other people.

I am blessed to know a lot of people living with diabetes, and I’ve seen that we all manage in very different ways. It’s amazing, really. And sometimes it sheds some light on why we might collectively drive the endocrine society crazy.

But it’s also really beautiful, and I’m really beginning to appreciate that.

Your Diabetes May Vary

Thank you, Bennet, for giving us all such an easy way to describe such a very difficult idea.


This is part of Diabetes Blog Week, where a standard set of prompts encourages a ton of really great blog posts from around the community. Here’s today’s prompt: “Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see.  What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet?  Or from your family and friends?  Why is it important to keep it to yourself?  (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone.  There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects.  Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)”

What am I Proud of? – #DBlogWeek ’15 – Day 1

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Find out what Diabetes Blog Week is all about. Check out the topics for each day’s posts, and even see a list of this year’s participants. Thank you, Karen!

The question I’m answering today? What have I done that I’ve been particularly proud of?


Over the past few years, I’ve accomplished some major things that I’m very proud of. But what I’m most proud of might surprise you.

I learned to run, then ran some races (an 8k with Gary Scheiner, then a half marathon with Dana Lewis).

I won some prestigious awards.

I rode my bike for 102 miles in a single day.

And I celebrated 35-years of living well with type 1 diabetes.

35 Years Ago Today

I’m very proud of every one of these things. But most proud? No. What I’m most proud of is…

Fighting the little fights

What I’m most proud of is fighting the little fights that make up these big accomplishments.

The little runs that built up to running an 8k and then a half-marathon. The little rides that built up to riding 102 miles. The day-by-day grind that built up to a week with diabetes, then a month, then a year, then a decade, then three decades.

I’m most proud of pushing forward a little bit each day.

I’m most proud of not giving up when that would be the easy thing to do, and when nobody is watching.

I’m most proud of the hard work I do every day.

I’m most proud of working hard even when I’m scared, afraid, and uncertain.

I’m most proud of fighting the little fights.


This is part of Diabetes Blog Week, where a standard set of prompts encourages a ton of really great blog posts from around the community. Here’s today’s prompt: “In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So let’s kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could? Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)”