Diabetes advocacy can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. You have friends who want to make it easy. Easy for you to learn about what’s going on, and even easier for you to let lawmakers and government agencies know how you feel (it’s a few clicks).
The Diabetes Scholars Foundation does amazing work. I hope to introduce you to part of their magic that you may not be aware of.
They are best known for helping people get to CWD’s Friends for Life conferences, and they have helped so many families, young adults, and adults experience these life-changing events that would have been impossible otherwise.
But there’s another important mission of the Diabetes Scholars Foundation that you need to know about – college scholarships.
The Diabetes Scholars Foundation College Scholarships recognize students who are actively involved in the diabetes community, have high academic performance, participate in community and/or extracurricular activities, are leaders in their school and community and demonstrate they are successfully managing the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes. This year alone they received over 2,400 applications from all 50 states. (more…)
My phone starts to ring while I’m programming my meal bolus. I can see it’s a call I’d like to answer.
But I’m more than halfway through my programming, and I have numbers in my head (blood sugar, carb count) that I can release forever … once I get the programming done.
My phone continues to ring and buzz, urgently pulling my focus and attention.
Just a few more button presses…
Done! Got it!
“Hello?” “blah, blah, blah…” (more…)
Sometimes I need to calm down and stop interfering with my diabetes so much.
But that’s complicated, right? Because sometimes exactly what I need is more engagement and action.
There must be a happy medium, right? (shout out to Stephen)
Here’s an example. I tripped myself up over and over. I would have been better off relaxing and letting things play out. Let’s take a look.
What we don’t see here is my CGM graph, which paints a much more complete picture, and partially explains my … overreactions. (more…)
My wife’s understanding and patience with me (and my diabetes) seems to know no bounds, and I’m so grateful.
It hit me about halfway through my shopping list at Walmart; that feeling of my blood sugar dropping fast and the anxiety of lots of insulin on board (relatively). A quick glance at my wrist confirmed it.
Five glucose tabs left in my tube, which I ate quickly, but I knew wouldn’t be enough to do the job. Why only five left? Because I’d used the other five earlier in the day. More on that in another post.
I quickly finished shopping, keeping a close eye on things. I grabbed a sweet treat at the cash register, ate it, then headed out to the car in a buzz of relief and concern about what happened.
Why was I concerned?
Because I had seven items on my shopping list, but my cart was overflowing with groceries. (more…)
I just hit the ground in Boston, MA for the American Diabetes Association’s 2015 Scientific Sessions. (more…)
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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.
Last weekend the 5th annual Students With Diabetes™ conference took place in Tampa, FL.
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…)
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…)