• More Than Diabetes

    Well, it’s the last day of Diabetes Blog Week and today we’re not talking about diabetes.  Because there’s more to life than diabetes. Today’s Prompt: More Than Diabetes – Friday 5/19 Lets wrap up the week by sharing a little more about ourselves, beyond the chronic illness we or our loved ones live with.  Share an interest, hobby, passion, something that is YOU.  If you want to explore how it relates to or helps with diabetes you can.   Or let it be a part of you that is completely separate from diabetes, because there is more to life than just diabetes!  (This topic is a suggestion from the 2016…

  • Throwback Thursday: What Brings Me Down

    Well, it’s day 4 of Diabetes Blog Week and today we talk about mental health and diabetes.  Today’s prompt reads: Today let’s revist a prompt from 2014 – 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. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks again to Scott for this 2014 topic.) If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’re likely aware that I’ve made no secret of my struggles with anxiety, depression, and…

  • I’m Not Playing The Blame Game

    Well, it’s day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week and today we talk about the blame game.  Except, I’m not really up to playing that game right now.  I mean, I could rant and rave about my misdiagnosis and how that happened and who is to blame for days.  I have.  But, I’m just not up to it.  That’s not why I’m here today. Why am I here? Why are any of us here? Well… “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” ~ Prince This thing called diabetes life. That’s why I’m here. That’s why My Diabetic Heart is here. It’s here because I…

  • The Costs of a Chronic Illness

    It’s day two of Diabetes Blog Week, and today we talk about the costs of living with a chronic illness. Today’s prompt:  The Cost of a Chronic Illness Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly.  Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage.  So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care.  Do you have advice to share?  For those outside the US, is cost a concern?  Are there other factors such as accessibility or education that cause barriers to your diabetes care? Today’s prompt is timely, as the costs of living with diabetes have been…

  • Diabetes and The Unexpected: Top 10 List

    Welcome to day one of Diabetes Blog Week, an annual initiative organized by my dear friend, Karen, over at Bitter~Sweet Diabetes. I’m both excited and proud to participate and support this event for the 8th consecutive year.  Today’s topic: Diabetes and The Unexpected Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random. What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens?  Or, take this topic another way and tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your, or your loved one’s, life that you never could have expected? From the the Islets of Langerhans, in…