Monthly Archives: May 2011

Good Days Do Happen.

I was asked recently what a good day with diabetes is.  My response was pretty simple: when my blood glucose (BG) cooperates.   

When I saw this CGM graph over the weekend, I thought of my answer to the question asked of me.  Looking at it you may not think it’s the best in terms of good BG readings. However, these 12 hours included pretzel bites at the movies, cold stone ice cream AND pizza after. A bit higher than I’d like but pretty darn good considering if you ask me! And this was a day that I treated myself to these types of foods all in the same day plus I did my exercise earlier in the day to make sure I burned off some of those calories!  So I tried somewhat to manage this as best I can.  And it worked.  For the most part.  Living with diabetes would be so much “easier” if things worked out this way more often.  But I certainly do appreciate when it does.

Here’s to wishing all of a you good BG day!

The End.

Well it’s the end of Diabetes Blog Week and I’m ending it with a late post 😉

Topic number 7 = Last year, Wendy of Candy Hearts made a suggestion for this year. She commented “I think Day 7 should be a post about stuff we’ve learned from other blogs or the experience of coming together online…” Today, let’s do just that!! What have you learned from other blogs – either this week or since finding the D-OC? What has your experience of blogging the DBlog Week topics with other participants been like? What has finding the D-OC done for you? If you’d like, you can even look ahead and tell us what you think the future holds!


Today (well yesterday rather) is the end of DBlogWeek.  But it certainly is not the end of the diabetes community.  It is so diffilcult for me to put in words what I have learned over the past couple of years from the DOC.  But what I have certainly learned this past week, is that this community is bigger than ever.  And that is awesome.  Each and every one of our diabetes is different.  Our lifestyles are different.  Our blogging is different.  Our feelings are different.  Yet we all come together with the same goals.  To educate.  To advoate.  To support.  And I don’t know how I have managed all of those years in the past without it.  So thank you Karen for providing the opportunity to reinforce to all of us (and others outside the community even) just what a memorable group of people we are.      

I also have to point you to this video created by Mike … Thank You to Karen.  This is what this community is all about.


Diabetes Blog Week is almost over!  Day 6 = Today is the only day I’ve brought back a fun topic from last year.  Inspired by the Diabetes 365 project, let’s snap a few more d-related pictures and share them again.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Be creative!  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures.  Or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

I like taking pictures.  Generally speaking.  So when I had to share some snapshots of diabetes, I was all for it! 😉  Here are some more recent pictures that I’ve taken that depicts life with diabetes.  And please don’t mind if they’re not of the best quality pictures … most (if not all) of these were taken with my iPhone.

This one is of my nightstand.  It always has my meter, flashlight and juice box there for the overnight BG checks and lows. (note from the photographer: my juice boxes are always Juicy Juice but I ran out last week and had to make an emergency run and they only had Apple & Eve.  Not that it really matters, really.)

This is all of my diabetes supplies.  Yes I have A LOT.  Luckily in our new(ish) place, they fit nicely in the corner of the bedroom, out of the way.

This is a good day.

This is what unclear looks like.

This is what scary looks like.

And this is a matching moment. I love these.


Day 5 of Diabetes Blog Week = In February the #dsma blog carnival challenged us to write about the most awesome thing we’d done DESPITE diabetes. Today let’s put a twist on that topic and focus on the good things diabetes has brought us. What awesome thing have you (or your child) done BECAUSE of diabetes? After all, like my blog header says, life with diabetes isn’t all bad!

I’m pretty sure this is going to be a common theme among the blogs today but this was the easiest post for me to put together.  I cannot think of a more awesome thing to come out of having diabetes than being part of the DOC (diabetes online community).  Over the past several years I have found a connection to so many people which is just indescribable and irreplaceable.  I have learned so much and have gained so much from all of you.  You have all become such a big part of my life.  And I certainly would not be where I am today without you.  There are still so many that I have not met in person but below are captures of some of the greatest moments with my diabetes friends.  My awesome friends.  Friends that I know I will have for life.  (please click on the arrow in the below collage to see my slideshow)

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Ten Things.

Day 4 of Diabetes Blog Week = Having a positive attitude is important . . . but let’s face it, diabetes isn’t all sunshine and roses (or glitter and unicorns, for that matter).  So today let’s vent by listing ten things about diabetes that we hate.  Make them funny, make them sarcastic, make them serious, make them anything you want them to be!!

I think of myself as a positive person.  I have my moments, especially when dealing with diabetes day in and day out, but generally I do not like negative attitudes.  That being said, there are still lots of things to dislike or even hate about diabetes.  I have a feeling we will see a lot of the same things being mentioned by numerous PWD but here is my list ………..

Ten things I hate about diabetes:

10. Managing it is a full time job.
9. Those lows that get me thinking the end is possibly near.
8. Every time I feel “off” wondering what diabetes related issue is causing it.
7. Not being able to eat *anything* (unless it has zero carbs) without checking BG first and determining how much insulin is needed for it.
6. The cost of diabetes supplies and endless doctor visits.
5. High BG that just won’t budge no matter how much you rage bolus.
4. When a low BG comes at the most inopportune time (ie: during a meeting, when about to drive, while having to be somewhere important, during sex, etc.)
3. The complications that may inflict me and already inflict some of my dearest friends.
2. As much as I need exercise, I cannot without preparation, BG checking, having carbs available, thinking about the next few hours of BG possibilities, etc.

And the biggest reason that I not only hate but fear diabetes is:
1. It took my father from me and my family.


Diabetes Blog Week is still going strong!  Is it only day 3??!

Day 3 = Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong. But sometimes the things that go wrong aren’t stressful – instead sometimes they are downright funny! Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper – your “I can’t believe I did that” moment – your big “D-oh” – and let’s all have a good laugh together!!

This particular topic got me thinking.  A lot.  And I was mainly coming up blank for something to write about!  There are little things that happen diabetes related that you can chuckle about.  Like poking your finger for a BG test and you get two spots of blood,  one from an earlier test.  Or going to test your BG on your iPhone instead of the actual glucose meter.  But these aren’t really blog worthy.  Or original.  Then I googled the definition of blooper and came up with this: 1. An embarrassing error.  That’s when a story came to mind.  I already shared this story back when it happened so I apologize if you’ve heard it already.

I take the railroad to work every day.  I’m usually one of the first few people at the spot where I wait for the train meaning that I’m closer to the platform edge.  This particular morning, not quite 2 years ago, I reached for my Dexcom receiver from my bag to see what my BG was.  And there it went.  Onto the train tracks.  I stared at it as if that was going to rewind time and bring it back.  And then I started freaking out.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to do so I called Joe at home (he leaves for work later than I do) to tell him I was still at the train station and why.  Based on his suggestion, I went back to the ticket office to tell the employee I had dropped something very valuable on the tracks.  The poor guy didn’t really seem to know what to do.  He called his manager and was waiting for a call back.  In the meantime, he thought maybe he could scoop it up with a broom and dust pan so went to get that from wherever it is they keep it.  While I waited, a second phone call to Joe resulted in him informing me that he was at the train station and had retrieved my Dexcom receiver for me!  Phew!!!!  I was so relieved that I had it back and wasn’t going to have to get a new one.  And so thankful that he did that for me.  This was a bit embarrassing and probably could never happen again even if I tried.  And let me tell you that I have never, ever reached for my Dexcom receiver on the train platform since that day!

Dear Daddy.

Day Two of Diabetes Blog Week = Letter Writing Day

In February the Wego Blog Carnival asked participants to write letters to their condition. You can write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further. How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them. How about a letter to a pretend (or again, not so pretend) meter or pump company telling them of the device of your dreams? Maybe you’d like to write a letter to your child with diabetes. Or a letter from your adult self to the d-child you were. Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling.

My letter is to my late father who was taken from this life due to diabetes complications.  I will admit that I wrote this last year but I amended it a bit since I thought it was fitting for today’s topic. 

Dear Daddy,

It has been almost eight years.

Eight years without you.

Too long without you.

Too long since I’ve heard your voice.

Too long since I’ve seen your face.

Too long since I’ve held your hand or kissed your cheek.

Each year that goes by seems like a dream.

Did we really live another year without you?

I think back to that last time I saw you.

And I wish so much I never would’ve left your side.

I wish so much that moment could have lasted forever.

I wish so much it wasn’t the last time.

You took a piece of my heart when you left us.

Without that piece is emptiness.

An emptiness that aches no matter how many years it has been.

I still miss you with all my heart.

And would do anything to have you back.

Love always, Stacey

This is one of my favorite pictures of him and I, just three months before he passed away.

So Much to Admire.


This is a tough one to start off D-Blog Week!
Admiring our differences – Monday 5/9: We are all diabetes bloggers, but we come from many different perspectives. Last year, Diabetes Blog Week opened my eyes to all of the different kinds of blogs (and bloggers) out there – Type 1s, Type 2s, LADAs, parents of kids with diabetes, spouses of adults with diabetes and so on. Today let’s talk about how great it is to learn from the perspectives of those unlike us! Have you learned new things from your T2 friends? Are D-Parents your heroes? Do LADA blogs give you insight to another diagnosis story? Do T1s who’ve lived well with diabetes since childhood give you hope? Pick a type of blogger who is different from you and tell us why they inspire you – why you admire them – why it’s great that we are all the same but different!!

If I had to pick a specific type of blogger who was different than me and write about how they inspire me, I wouldn’t know how to choose just one type. And that’s because even the other people with Type 1 diabetes are different than me. Going back to the infamous saying that your diabetes may vary – each and every one of us living with any type of diabetes, even the same type, have a different kind of diabetes.

So that means …….. I admire all of you. And I’ve learned so much from all of you too, even after having diabetes for almost 30 years. Major pieces of education I gained that stick out in my mind:

  • Going back to the days of Myspace where I first met other PWD online like Lee Ann, Tricia, Tina and Elizabeth to name just a few. I learned so much about the insulin pump from them that I finally took the leap and got one myself.
  • Learning more about the Dexcom.  After having a failed experience with the older Paradigm MM CGMS, I found out about the Dexcom from some of you.  And I’m so glad I did!
  • Learning more about what my parents went through when I was growing up from people like Sherry, Leighann, Lorraine and Scott.
  •  Getting motivation for #sweatbetes (that I struggle so much with) from so many of you.

All of this information, the friendships, the inspiration, are priceless to me.

I honestly wish I could mention everyone individually but all in all I admire the entire blogging diabetes community for how we each live with diabetes in our own way yet come together to share the same passion of educating and advocating for those living with diabetes. And each and every one of you hold a special place in my heart.

How you can get Involved.

I just wanted to bring special attention to two important happenings around the diabetes community (that’s if you haven’t heard about them already).  Either of these is a great way to reach out to others.

#1. Victoria over at Dia-beat-this is collecting non prescription diabetes supplies for those affected by the tornadoes in Alabama.  Living in Alabama herself, she is working closely with agencies like JDRF and the ADA to get supplies to those in need.  Thank you so much Victoria for your efforts!  Please see her post here for more information on how you can donate. 

#2. This year’s annual D-blog week is ready for action!  It’s a week where we all share our stories, experiences and feelings about set topics every day for a week.  If that’s not unity, I don’t know what is!  If you haven’t signed up yet, I’d highly encourage you join the over 90 participants by doing so.  Thank you to Karen for organizing such a wonderful event!

If you know of other things going on in the upcoming days, weeks or months, let me  know!


There are times living with diabetes that you can feel like the only person in the entire world who is dealing with the struggles of living with a 24/7, 365 days a year disease.  Then there is the online community who you can go to for support at any given time.  About anything.  Even better are the in person meet ups that often come out of interacting online.  Well take that up a notch and you have a whole weekend of time spent with about 100 women who all have diabetes of some type!  Now that is rewarding.

I had the honor of attending the Weekend for Women conference held by Diabetes Sisters this past weekend in Raleigh, NC.  There is something so touching about being in the presence of close to 100 women from 20 different states, all knowing what you go through living with diabetes.  It was a wonderful way to enlighten us about how best to take care of ourselves, reinforce that we are not alone and create a bond that is priceless.  I got to spend time with Allison, and got to meet Sysy, Sarah, Melissa, Melissa and so many others.

Friday night we were welcomed into the Sisterhood by Brandy Barnes, the founder of Diabetes Sisters.  We broke up into groups and had fun playing games to get to know one another.  And it was in fact that.  Fun.

There was a variety of speakers during the conference, all of whom were fantastic to listen to.  The first keynote speaker was Gloria Loring.  She has a son with type 1 diabetes, so although she doesn’t live with the disease herself, she is a very dedicated D mom.  She spoke about ways in which we can adapt to life living with diabetes through personal growth and shared some very touching personal stories.  She also sang for us which was a real treat with that voice of hers!

The conference offered breakout sessions where you could choose which one you wanted to attend.  I attended the Diabetes & Heart Disease discussion.  Dr. Thelsa Pulikkotil, chief cardiology fellow at UNC at Chapel Hill, offered some great information about what women with diabetes need to know about their risks for heart disease.  I’ll admit that some of it was a bit depressing, hearing those astounding risk statistics, but knowledge is power and from this I will be finding out my individual LDL, HDL and triglyceride numbers from my endo.  She added some humor to her presentation which I enjoyed.   I also attended the Living with Advanced Duration Diabetes session.  This was led by Connie Hanham-Cain, Claire M. Blum and Cindi Goldman-Patin all RN and CDE’s as well as part of the Diabetes Sisterhood.  Being in a room full of women who had a combined 500 years living with diabetes was inspirational to say the least!  It was again a bit depressing learning about some of the unspoken challenges and complications that can come from having diabetes a long time.  But it was also relieving to see so many woman who have some of these complications and are doing okay!  We also had a group discussion about Strategies to Improve Glycemic Control led by Elizabeth Politt.  She offered some good information about diet that is best for women living with diabetes.

The Celebration of Strength dinner was one of my favorite parts of the weekend.  It started with the reception room being decorated in orange.  It looked beautiful. (And I was very under dressed!)  Riva Greenberg spoke to us about flourishing with diabetes.  She shared her own story and we spoke to each other about challenges we had overcome.  It was very motivational to hear different stories about the challenges we overcome.  Every single woman in attendance was recognized for their time having diabetes and rewarded with their own Orange Will pin.  I was part of the Sisters with diabetes for 20-30 years.

We ended the dinner with some singing and dancing.  I will listen to Superwoman by Alicia Keys from now on and it will bring me back to that special moment shared by all of us.

Sunday morning started bright and early for the first annual Orange Will Walk.  We all came together, including the Mayor of Raleigh, and walked a mile in support of well, ourselves.  After the walk Mayor Meeker commended us for our efforts of educating and advocating for women with diabetes.  He presented Diabetes Sisters with a plaque and declared May 1st Orange Will Empower Women with Diabetes Day.  How awesome is that!

After the walk, we enjoyed a nice breakfast and a discussion about Sex, Relationships and Diabetes, led by Rhonda Merwin PhD and Lisa Honeycutt MA, LPC both from Duke University Medical Center.  This was a very personal topic which I think touched many of us.  We learned a lot about not only ourselves but about the role our significant others play in the daily routine of our diabetes care.

There was another breakout session and I attended Evolving Technology led by Kelly Close.  I’ve met Kelly before and always enjoy listening to her speak.  While I honestly didn’t learn too much that I didn’t already know about existing or upcoming technology products, it was great to hear Kelly’s perspective on medication and devices.  She shared her own experiences with things like the CGMS and other diabetes medications.  I admire what she does with diaTribe.  If you haven’t heard of it, I’d highly recommend checking it out.

Our last speaker was Ann Albright, Director of Division of Diabetes Translation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  When I think of people working for the CDC, I automatically think of business-only, serious kind of people.  Ann to my pleasant surprise, is not like that at all.  Living with diabetes herself, she is passionate about creating better resources for people who have diabetes.  She suggested things we can do to improve these resources like getting more involved within our communities and even with our loved ones.  She was extremely down to earth, fun and you can feel her love for what she does through her presentation.  She ended with her love of the blues, playing Eric Clapton’s Change the World with us all on our feet, snapping, clapping and singing with her.  This is another song that I will never hear the same again.

Overall my experience at Weekend for Women was a memorable one.  There was so much that I gained from it, that I will take with me forever.  Thank you so much Brandy and the rest of the Diabetes Sisters team for organizing such a worthy event.  I’m really hoping I can make it again next year!

And a special thank you to my wonderful husband, who came along with me for the trip.  He was a great sport roaming the Raleigh neighborhood while I was in sessions.  And although he wasn’t with me during the conference itself, it was great to see his face during breaks and to have him by my side at night and during the Orange Will walk on Sunday.  It meant more than he will know to have him with me.