• 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…

  • A Makeover for My Diabetic Heart

    So, if you’ve been to this site before, you’re probably noticing some changes right now. My Diabetic Heart is undergoing a much needed makeover. The blog has been around since early 2009, and the last major overhaul took place in 2013.  So, it’s overdue for a revamp. While I liked the old design, it just wasn’t working in terms of working well across multiple devices and couldn’t accommodate some new features I want to add soon. The new design will address those issues. Admittedly, the transition is very much a work in progress.  I’m still working on flushing out some of the content blocks that were on the old layout,…

  • Remembering Judy Reich

    The Diabetes Community lost a great advocate and friend this week. Judy Reich, who faced life with diabetes with incredible dignity and grace for more than 50 years, died on Wednesday with her husband, Gary, by her side. Judy was an unabashedly proud resident of Las Vegas and had an illustrious career in the Nevada broadcasting industry. She was honored as an inductee into the Nevada Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in the year 2000. Judy was also heavily involved in local diabetes advocacy as a volunteer with the JDRF, and was a former chair of the Las Vegas chapter. I was fortunate enough to get to know Judy over the years through…