• 2018 WEGO Health Awards Nominations

    I am honored to announce that I have been nominated in three award categories for the 2018 WEGO Health Awards. Those categories are Best in Show: Blog, Best Kept Secret, and Patient Leader Hero. The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100 thousand inspiring Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – but often without recognition. It is humbling to be nominated for these awards alongside so many other amazing advocates who work so incredibly hard to make a difference…

  • Almost Wordless Wednesday: HealtheVoices18

    In late April, I was fortunate enough to attend the HealtheVoices18 conference in Chicago. The sessions were great, but it’s the connections with the amazing advocates in attendance that mean the most to me.  These images highlight that. The Attendees #MakeDiabetesVisible Patient Advocates who Inspire Me Remember friends, A Little Heart Can Do Big Things Disclaimer: Janssen covered my travel, lodging, and meal expenses for this conference. All thoughts and opinions expressed here on My Diabetic Heart and related social media channels are my own.

  • 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 not having to use as much Humalog. And I’ve stopped…

  • 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 length of time, you’re likely aware that I’ve made no…