• No Musical Chronic Diseases for Me

    It’s the 5th day of Diabetes Blog Week and the topic today is:  Freaky Friday.  The prompt reads as follows: Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions? I hate to rain on the parade here, but I’m not playing musical chronic diseases today.  I’m just not feeling up to it. I can’t bring myself to choose a different chronic disease to live with because I have more than my fair share already. The…

  • Where I was to Where I Am

    It’s day 4 of Diabetes Blog Week and the prompt for today reads as follows: We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).…

  • In Memoriam

    Today is day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week and today’s topic is Memories.  The prompt reads as follows: Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share. Memories.  What a topic to have fall on this day.  A day that, for my family at least, will be filled with memories both joyful and painful for the rest of our lives.   A day on which we mark the one year anniversary of the death of April’s mom.  She lost an incredibly hard fought battle with cancer on May 15, 2012. As you might…

  • For Our Families and Ourselves

    It’s day two of Diabetes Blog Week and the prompt for today is as follows: Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? My response is based on something that I wrote last April during the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge.  I’ve included the text from that post below.  My petition follows that. There’s More to Life When living with chronic health issues that require constant attention, it is easy…

  • I Wish They Could See

    Today is the first day of the fourth Diabetes Blog Week, created and hosted by my friend Karen over at Bittersweet Diabetes. Today’s topic is: Share and Don’t Share Often our health care team only sees us for about 15 minutes several times a year, and they might not have a sense of what our lives are really like. Today, let’s pretend our medical team is reading our blogs. What do you wish they could see about your and/or your loved one’s daily life with diabetes? On the other hand, what do you hope they don’t see? What I wish the doctor could see I wish my doctor could see the bruises and scars on my stomach from all of…