• American Eagle Day

    In honor of American Eagle Day, below are a selection of eagle photos that I’ve had the privilege to capture in northern Indiana during the last year or so.  My health consumes so much of my time, thoughts, and energy, but, as I’ve said before, there is so much more to my life than the chronic illnesses with which I live.  Nature photography is one of my escapes.  I share a lot of my images on Facebook and Instagram, but I think I’m going to start sharing them here more often as well.  Because they are part of my story.  Enjoy!  

  • Trulicity: A Few Observations

    So, I’ve been using the Trulicity for 4 weeks now, and have a few observations. First, my numbers are much improved overall. Fasting and post-meal are better. No major spikes. Second, it has wrecked my appetite. I don’t feel hungry much, and I’m not able to eat a whole lot when I do. There’s a bit of nausea, and I have noticed more heartburn flareups as well, but that’s the extent of the GI side effects that I’ve experienced so far. Third, I’m not using nearly as much insulin as I had been before starting this. I’ve cut my Lantus in half, and since I’m not eating as much, I’m…

  • From the archive: What Brings Me Down

    May is Mental Health Month, so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes.  It was originally written in response to a Diabetes Blog Week prompt a few years ago. It makes references to other posts where I’ve shared more intense periods in my struggle with mental illness. And I also talk about things that help me through the dark times.  I’m struggling right now, as May is hard for me due to a few death anniversaries that have a lot to do with my PTSD.  So, I needed this reminder. If you’ve followed my blog for any…

  • Hello, Trulicity; So long, Victoza!

    So, yesterday I took my first dose of Trulicity. It’s a once a week medication, taken via injection, to help with the insulin resistance with which I struggle. This change comes due to my insurance company stopping coverage for the Victoza that I’ve used successfully for a number of years. I’ve been putting this change off for a while.  Mostly because I’m stubborn and angry about having to give up a medication that works for me because some clueless jerk at the insurance company wants to play god with my health.  And also because I had a stockpile of Victoza that I acquired from friends who no longer use it,…

  • Attending HealtheVoices18 next week

    I’m both excited and honored to have been selected to attend the HealtheVoices conference in Chicago April 27-29.  That’s next week! The event brings together patient advocates representing a wide range of health conditions for three days of learning, networking, and story sharing.  I was fortunate enough to attend this conference for the first time in 2017 and it was a life changing experience.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend again this year. This year, the conference is offering a Virtual Experience, which will allow those who are unable to attend in person to join in from home. I will be sharing updates here and on Twitter throughout my…